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noun Biochemistry.
  1. the collagen of bone, remaining after the mineral matter has been removed by treatment with dilute acid.
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Origin of ossein

1855–60; < Latin osse(us) osseous + -in2
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cartilage, ossein

British Dictionary definitions for ossein


  1. a protein that forms the organic matrix of bone, constituting about 40 per cent of its matter
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Word Origin for ossein

C19: from Latin osseus bony, from os bone
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ossein in Medicine


  1. The collagen component of bone.ostein
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