a fibrous protein found in connective tissue, bone, and cartilage
Origin of collagenfrom Classical Greek kolla, glue + -gen
- Any of a class of extracellular proteins that are composed of three coiled polypeptide chains, form strong fibers, and are the main constituents of cartilage, bone, and other connective tissues in animals.
- Material composed principally of collagen proteins. Collagen is converted into gelatin when boiled in water.
Origin of collagenGreek kolla glue -gen
- col′la·gen′ic col·lag′e·nous
From French collagène.