col·​la·​ge·​nase | \ kə-ˈla-jə-ˌnās How to pronounce collagenase (audio) , ˈkä-lə-jə-, -ˌnāz How to pronounce collagenase (audio) \

Definition of collagenase

: any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that decompose collagen and gelatin

Examples of collagenase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the sun causes certain genes to product collagenase, an enzyme that degrades collagen in your skin. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, 27 Apr. 2018 Retinoids block the production of collagenase and turn on the genes that make your skin produce collagen. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of collagenase

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Collagenase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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col·​la·​ge·​nase | \ kə-ˈlaj-ə-ˌnās How to pronounce collagenase (audio) , ˈkäl-ə-jə- How to pronounce collagenase (audio) , -ˌnāz \

Medical Definition of collagenase

: any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that decompose collagen and gelatin

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