hyaluronic acid

noun
hy·al·uron·ic acid | \ˌhī(-ə)l-yu̇-ˈrä-nik \

Definition of hyaluronic acid 

: a viscous glycosaminoglycan chiefly of the matrix of tissues that occurs especially in the vitreous humor, umbilical cord, synovial fluid, and loose connective tissue and serves especially as a structural element and lubricant

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There’s no hydrator quite like hyaluronic acid, which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Your Guide to Affordable Skin Care," 30 Mar. 2018 To speed recovery in the days after, resist any urge to pick at peeling skin, and apply a gentle moisturizer with ingredients that rebuild the skin’s barrier, like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, or ceramides. Cristina Mueller, Glamour, "How to Deal With Every Summer Skin Issue, From Sunburns to Bug Bites," 8 June 2018 Bio Oil, $15; target.com Lancer Moisturizer: $125 The lightweight cream comes packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides to plump the skin instantly. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Spends Over $4,500 on Her Skincare Staples," 26 Apr. 2018 Hyaluronidase is a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body that metabolizes hyaluronic acid, and can be injected as an antidote to existing filler. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Yes, You Can Remove Your Lip Fillers — Here's How," 9 July 2018 The most popular and effective humectants are glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Another way to take down the size of the lips after temporary fillers is to inject an enzyme to dissolve the hyaluronic acid. Jessica Fecteau, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Says She Removed Her Lip Fillers: A Plastic Surgeon Explains How the Procedure Works," 10 July 2018 Getting rid of fillers can mean one of two things: Either Jenner has gone months between appointments, allowing her body to totally dissolve the hyaluronic acid. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Admits She "Got Rid Of" All Her Lip Filler," 9 July 2018 There's also a serum, called Plumping Jelly Serum ($58), which is made with silver ear mushroom and hyaluronic acid for the ultimate hydration. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Moon Juice Expands to Skin Care With New Beauty Shroom Line," 7 June 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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hyaluronic acid

noun
hy·al·uron·ic acid | \ˌhīl-yu̇-ˌrän-ik-, ˌhī-əl-yu̇- \

Medical Definition of hyaluronic acid 

: a viscous glycosaminoglycan that occurs especially in the vitreous body, the umbilical cord, and synovial fluid and as a cementing substance in the subcutaneous tissue

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