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[os-ee-in] /ˈɒs i ɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
the collagen of bone, remaining after the mineral matter has been removed by treatment with dilute acid.
Origin of ossein
1855-60; < Latin osse(us) osseous + -in2 Unabridged
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  • ossein is the component which undergoes further processing and purification and becomes gelatin.
British Dictionary definitions for ossein


a protein that forms the organic matrix of bone, constituting about 40 per cent of its matter
Word Origin
C19: from Latin osseus bony, from os bone
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ossein in Medicine

ossein os·se·in or os·se·ine (ŏs'ē-ĭn)
The collagen component of bone. Also called ostein.

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