proteoglycan

[proh-tee-oh-glahy-kan]
noun Biochemistry.
a macromolecule composed of a polysaccharide joined to a polypeptide and forming the ground substance of connective tissue.

Origin:
1969; prote(in) + -o- + glyc- + -an, variant of -ane

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proteoglycan pro·te·o·gly·can (prō'tē-ō-glī'kān', -kən)
n.
Any of various mucopolysaccharides that are bound to protein chains in covalent complexes and occur in the extracellular matrix of connective tissue.

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The joint loses proteoglycan molecules and other tissues.
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