ghrelin

[ grel-in ]
/ ˈgrɛl ɪn /

noun Biochemistry

a peptide hormone, produced mostly in the stomach, that increases appetite by stimulating the pituitary gland to secrete growth hormone.

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Origin of ghrelin

First recorded in 1995–2000; by shortening of g(rowth) h(ormone) + rel(easing factor) + -in2, with allusion to the Proto-Indo-European root and variants ghrē-, ghrō, ghrə-, “to grow, be green”; see grow, green, grass, graze1

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British Dictionary definitions for ghrelin

ghrelin
/ (ˈɡrɛlɪn) /

noun

a hormone produced in the body that stimulates appetite

Word Origin for ghrelin

C20: from g (rowth) h (ormone) rel (easing) + -in
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