Definition of collagen in English:

collagen

noun

mass noun
  • The main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments.

    ‘vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen’
    as modifier ‘she was given a collagen injection to smooth out wrinkles in her forehead’
    • ‘The protein collagen is responsible for the tough qualities of connective tissue.’
    • ‘A protein called collagen leaks out from around the injured areas, causing inflammation.’
    • ‘Protein is crucial for the production of collagen and elastin, the protein fibres that keep skin supple and elastic’
    • ‘Among these, collagen is the major structural protein and is the most abundant in the human body.’
    • ‘Without dietary vitamin C, the human animal cannot properly synthesize collagen.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French collagène, from Greek kolla ‘glue’ + French -gène (see -gen).

Pronunciation

collagen

/ˈkɒlədʒ(ə)n/