NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,020 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- collagen disease
- listen (KAH-luh-jen dih-ZEEZ)
- A term previously used to describe chronic diseases of the connective tissue (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and systemic sclerosis), but now is thought to be more appropriate for diseases associated with defects in collagen, which is a component of the connective tissue.