from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The collagen component of bone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The organic basis of bone; bone from which the earthy salts have been removed by macerating in acid. Also osteine and bone-cartilage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) The organic basis of bone tissue; the residue after removal of the mineral matters from bone by dilute acid; in embryonic tissue, the substance in which the mineral salts are deposited to form bone; bone collagen; -- called also ostein. Chemically it is the same as collagen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biochemistry The collagen component of bone.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[osse(ous) + –in.]


  • Second, the gelatinoids, which are represented by the ossein of bones, which can be made into glue, and the collogen of tendons.

    Maintaining Health Formerly Health and Efficiency

  • This ossein, which forms on an average from 25 to 30 per cent of the weight of bones, is extremely rich in nitrogen, containing over 18 per cent.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

  • The earthy matter is composed chiefly of calcium phosphate, about 58 per cent. of the weight of the bone, calcium carbonate about 7 per cent., calcium fluoride and magnesium phosphate from 1 to 2 per cent. each and sodium chloride less than 1 per cent.; they confer on bone its hardness and rigidity, while the animal matter (ossein) determines its tenacity.

    II. Osteology. 2. Bone

  • _Gelatinoids_, constituents of connective tissue which yield gelatin and allied substances, _e. g._, collagen of tendon; ossein of bone.

    Public School Domestic Science


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