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[mass noun] A mucopolysaccharide compound which is a major constituent of cartilage and other connective tissue.
- ‘Sufferers often take a combined tablet with glucosamine and chondroitin and cod-liver oil to help protect the joint lining from further wear.’
- ‘Both glucosamine and chondroitin occur naturally in cartilage.’
- ‘Some people report that glucosamine and chondroitin raise cholesterol.’
- ‘It is theorized that glucosamine and chondroitin can stimulate the building of cartilage-building proteins when taken early on in the progression of osteoarthritis.’
- ‘Each one of your muscle cells is tightly wrapped in layer upon layer of connective tissue constructed from substrates like collagens, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin and glucosamine sulfates, and more.’
Late 19th century: from chondro- + -ite + -in.
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