One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound that is a major constituent of cartilage and other connective tissue. It is a glycosaminoglycan and occurs mainly in the form of sulfate esters.
- ‘Some people report that glucosamine and chondroitin raise cholesterol.’
- ‘Sufferers often take a combined tablet with glucosamine and chondroitin and cod-liver oil to help protect the joint lining from further wear.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Both glucosamine and chondroitin occur naturally in cartilage.’
- ‘It is theorized that glucosamine and chondroitin can stimulate the building of cartilage-building proteins when taken early on in the progression of osteoarthritis.’
Late 19th century: from chondro- + -ite + -in.
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