collagenase

noun

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

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collagenase was in 1926

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“Collagenase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collagenase. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

collagenase

noun
col·​la·​ge·​nase kə-ˈlaj-ə-ˌnās How to pronounce collagenase (audio) ˈkäl-ə-jə- How to pronounce collagenase (audio)
-ˌnāz
: any of a group of proteolytic enzymes that decompose collagen and gelatin

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