cholecystokinin

[ koh-luh-sis-tuh-kahy-nin, kol-uh- ]
/ ˌkoʊ ləˌsɪs təˈkaɪ nɪn, ˌkɒl ə- /

noun

a hormone secreted by the upper portion of the intestine that stimulates contraction of the gallbladder and increases secretion of pancreatic juice. Abbreviation: CCK

Nearby words

  1. cholecystogram,
  2. cholecystography,
  3. cholecystoileostomy,
  4. cholecystojejunostomy,
  5. cholecystokinetic,
  6. cholecystolithiasis,
  7. cholecystopathy,
  8. cholecystopexy,
  9. cholecystorrhaphy,
  10. cholecystosonography

Origin of cholecystokinin

First recorded in 1925–30; cholecyst + -o- + -kinin

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British Dictionary definitions for cholecystokinin

cholecystokinin

/ (ˌkɒlɪˌsɪstəˈkaɪnɪn) /

noun

a hormone secreted by duodenal cells that stimulates the contraction of the gall bladder and secretion of pancreatic enzymesAlso called: pancreozymin
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Medicine definitions for cholecystokinin

cholecystokinin

[ kō′lĭ-sĭs′tə-kīnĭn ]

n.

A polypeptide hormone produced principally by the small intestine in response to the presence of fats, causing contraction of the gallbladder, release of bile, and secretion of pancreatic digestive enzymes.pancreozymin

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