noun Biochemistry.

any of three oligopeptides occurring in plasma, an inactive form (angiotensin I) and two varieties (angiotensin II and angiotensin III) that elevate blood pressure and stimulate the adrenal cortex to secrete aldosterone.

Nearby words

  1. angiostenosis,
  2. angiostrongylosis,
  3. angiostrongylus malaysiensis,
  4. angiostrophy,
  5. angiotelectasis,
  6. angiotensin amide,
  7. angiotensin i,
  8. angiotensin ii,
  9. angiotensin iii,
  10. angiotensin precursor

Origin of angiotensin

1960–65; probably blend of angiotonin + hypertensin, earlier names for the substances Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for angiotensin



a peptide of physiological importance that is capable of causing constriction of blood vessels, which raises blood pressure

Word Origin for angiotensin

from angio- + tense 1 + -in

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Medicine definitions for angiotensin




Any of a group of peptides with vasoconstrictive activity that function physiologically in controlling arterial pressure.

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Science definitions for angiotensin



Any of three polypeptide hormones that function in the body in controlling arterial pressure. The most important is known as angiotensin II, a powerful vasoconstrictor that stimulates steroid production by the adrenal glands, reduces fluid loss from the kidneys, and also functions as a neurotransmitter. Angiotensin II is formed from inactive angiotensin I by the action of angiotensin-converting enzyme (or ACE). See also ACE inhibitor renin.
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