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 (glo͞o-kō′sə-mēn′, glo͞o′kō-)
An amino derivative of glucose, C6H13NO5, in which an amino group replaces a hydroxyl group. It is a component of many polysaccharides and the basic structural unit of chitin, and is used as an over-the-counter dietary supplement alone or in combination with chondroitin for treatment of joint pain in arthritis.


1. (Elements & Compounds) the amino derivative of glucose that occurs in chitin. It has been used in some herbal remedies
2. (Complementary Medicine) the amino derivative of glucose that occurs in chitin. It has been used in some herbal remedies


(gluˈkoʊ səˌmin, -mɪn)

an amino sugar occurring in many polysaccharides of vertebrate tissue and also as the major component of chitin.
[1880–85; glucose + -amine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glucosamine - an amino derivative of glucose that is a component of many polysaccharides
amino, amino group - the radical -NH2
chitin - a tough semitransparent horny substance; the principal component of the exoskeletons of arthropods and the cell walls of certain fungi
glucose - a monosaccharide sugar that has several forms; an important source of physiological energy
polyose, polysaccharide - any of a class of carbohydrates whose molecules contain chains of monosaccharide molecules


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Cosamin ASU contains glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin, and a vegetable oil extract called ASU (avocado and soybean unsaponifiables).
Spokeswoman Victoria Kalmaru, said: "If glucosamine hydrochloride is no longer being prescribed because of a health board decision, then people will feel the impact on their pocket as they will have to cover the full cost themselves.
Taking the nutritional supplement glucosamine provided no significant benefit to arthritis patients with chronic lower back pain, according to the first large, long-term study of its kind.
If your current treatment is not working, glucosamine may be worth a try.
Miss Ferrie wept as she called for glucosamine to be more tightly controlled and to carry warnings about possible side-effects.
There were no statistically significant differences between the glucosamine and hyaluronate groups, between the glucosamine and hyaluronate plus glucosamine groups, and between the hyaluronate and hyaluronate plus glucosamine groups in the assessment of cartilage structure, cellular abnormality, matrix staining, tidemark integrity, and gross morphology (Table 2).
The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, together or alone, appeared to fare no better than placebo in slowing loss of cartilage in osteoarthritis of the knee, researchers from the Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) team report in the October issue of "Arthritis & Rheumatism.
The investigators termed their finding of potential benefit for the combination of supplements for more severe pain "interesting," but said that more research is needed to confirm this and to provide better understanding of the biology and effects of glucosamine and chondroitin.
Millions of people take glucosamine supplements to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis.
No more pills and capsules--now you can have a cup of green tea a day and get your high strength glucosamine and chondroitin.
Tokyo, Japan, Aug 12, 2005 - (JCNN) - Kyowa Hakko Kogyo (TSE: 4151) will launch Hakko (Fermented) Glucosamine K, plant-derived glucosamine powder for commercial use, on September 2.
If you have a chronic inflammation, like osteoarthritis, you may know about glucosamine sulfate.