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hyaluronic acid

Pronunciation: hi'a-lu-ron'ik as'id

Definition: A mucopolysaccharide consisting of alternating ß1,4-linked residues of hyalobiuronic acid, forming a gelatinous material in the tissue spaces and acting as a lubricant and shock absorbant generally throughout the body; it is hydrolyzed to disaccharide or tetrasaccharide units by hyaluronidase.

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