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intrinsic factor

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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a glycoprotein, secreted by the gastric mucosa, that is involved in the intestinal absorption of vitamin B12.

Origin of intrinsic factor

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for intrinsic factor

intrinsic factor

noun
  1. biochem a glycoprotein, secreted by the stomach, the presence of which is necessary for the absorption of cyanocobalamin (vitamin B 12) in the intestine
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intrinsic factor in Medicine

intrinsic factor

n.
  1. A relatively small mucoprotein secreted by the parietal cells of gastric glands and required for adequate absorption of vitamin B12 for production of red blood cells.Castle's intrinsic factor
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