erythropoietin

[ ih-rith-roh-poi-i-tn, -poi-eet-n ]
/ ɪˌrɪθ roʊˈpɔɪ ɪ tn, -pɔɪˈit n /

noun

Biochemistry. a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the bone marrow, released in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues.
a synthetic form of this hormone, used as a performance-enhancing drug.

Nearby words

  1. erythroplasia,
  2. erythroplasia of queyrat,
  3. erythropoiesis,
  4. erythropoietic porphyria,
  5. erythropoietic protoporphyria,
  6. erythroprosopalgia,
  7. erythropsia,
  8. erythropsin,
  9. erythrorrhexis,
  10. erythruria

Origin of erythropoietin

First recorded in 1945–50; erythropoiet(ic) + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for erythropoietin

erythropoietin

/ (ɪˌrɪθrəʊpɔɪˈiːtɪn) /

noun

a hormone, secreted by the kidney in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues, that increases the rate of erythropoiesis. It has been used as a performance-enhancing drug for athletes and racehorsesAbbreviation: EPO
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Medicine definitions for erythropoietin

erythropoietin

[ ĭ-rĭth′rō-poi-ētĭn ]

n.

A glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells by bone marrow.
Epoetin alfa.

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Science definitions for erythropoietin

erythropoietin

[ ĭ-rĭth′rō-poi-ētĭn ]

A glycoprotein hormone, secreted mostly by the kidneys in adults and the liver in children, that stimulates stem cells in the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
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