angiotensin

[ an-jee-oh-ten-sin ]

nounBiochemistry.
  1. 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.

Origin of angiotensin

1
1960–65; probably blend of angiotonin + hypertensin, earlier names for the substances

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British Dictionary definitions for angiotensin

angiotensin

/ (ˌændʒɪəˈtɛnsɪn) /


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

Origin of angiotensin

1
from angio- + tense 1 + -in

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Scientific definitions for angiotensin

angiotensin

[ ăn′jē-ō-tĕnsĭn ]


  1. 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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