glucagon

[gloo-kuh-gon]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a hormone secreted by the pancreas that acts in opposition to insulin in the regulation of blood glucose levels.

Origin of glucagon

1923; probably gluc- + Greek ágōn present participle of ágein to lead, drive; see -agogue
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glucagon

noun
  1. a polypeptide hormone, produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, that stimulates the release of glucose into the bloodCompare insulin

Word Origin for glucagon

C20: from gluc (ose) + -agon, perhaps from Greek agein to lead
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Word Origin and History for glucagon
n.

1923, from gluco- + Greek agon, present participle of agein "to lead" (see act (n.)).

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glucagon in Medicine

glucagon

[glōōkə-gŏn′]
n.
  1. A polypeptide hormone secreted by alpha cells that initiates a rise in blood sugar levels by stimulating the breakdown of glycogen by the liver.
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glucagon in Science

glucagon

[glōōkə-gŏn′]
  1. A polypeptide hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood glucose levels, thus opposing the action of insulin.
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