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tropocollagen tro·po·col·la·gen (trō'pə-kŏl'ə-jən, trŏp'ə-)
The molecular component of a collagen fiber, consisting of three polypeptide chains coiled around each other.

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This is synthesised intracellularly as tropocollagen and then exported, forming fibrils.
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