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collagen

[kol-uh-juh n] /ˈkɒl ə dʒən/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of a class of extracellular proteins abundant in higher animals, especially in the skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, and teeth, forming strong insoluble fibers and serving as connective tissue between cells, yielding gelatin when denatured by boiling.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek kólla glue + -gen
Related forms
collagenous
[kuh-laj-uh-nuh s] /kəˈlædʒ ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for collagenous

collagen

/ˈkɒlədʒən/
noun
1.
a fibrous scleroprotein of connective tissue and bones that is rich in glycine and proline and yields gelatine on boiling
Derived Forms
collagenic (ˌkɒləˈdʒɛnɪk), collagenous (kəˈlædʒənəs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek kolla glue + -gen
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Word Origin and History for collagenous

collagen

n.

structural protein of connective tissue, 1843, from French collagène, from Greek kolla "glue" + -gen "giving birth to" (see -gen).

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collagenous in Medicine

collagen col·la·gen (kŏl'ə-jən)
n.
The fibrous protein constituent of bone, cartilage, tendon, and other connective tissue that converts into gelatin by boiling.

collagenous col·lag·e·nous (kə-lāj'ə-nəs)
adj.
Producing or containing collagen.

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collagenous in Science
collagen
  (kŏl'ə-jən)   
Any of various tough, fibrous proteins found in bone, cartilage, skin, and other connective tissue. Collagens have great tensile strength, and provide these body structures with the ability to withstand forces that stretch them. Collagens consist of three polypeptide chains arranged in a triple helix, and are bundled together in fibers. When boiled in water, collagen is converted into gelatin.
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