name: collagen catabolic process
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def: "The proteolytic chemical reactions and pathways resulting in the breakdown of collagen in the extracellular matrix, usually carried out by proteases secreted by nearby cells." [GOC:mah, ISBN:0815316194]
synonym: "collagen breakdown" EXACT 
synonym: "collagen catabolism" EXACT 
synonym: "collagen degradation" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0009056 ! catabolic process
is_a: GO:0032963 ! collagen metabolic process
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