- a hormone secreted by the pancreas that acts in opposition to insulin in the regulation of blood glucose levels.
Origin of glucagon
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- a polypeptide hormone, produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, that stimulates the release of glucose into the bloodCompare insulin
C20: from gluc (ose) + -agon, perhaps from Greek agein to lead
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Word Origin and History for glucagon
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- A polypeptide hormone secreted by alpha cells that initiates a rise in blood sugar levels by stimulating the breakdown of glycogen by the liver.
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- A polypeptide hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood glucose levels, thus opposing the action of insulin.
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