leptin

[ lep-tin ]
/ ˈlɛp tɪn /
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noun

a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.

Nearby words

  1. leprotic,
  2. leprous,
  3. leprously,
  4. lepsius,
  5. lepsius, karl richard,
  6. leptis magna,
  7. lepto,
  8. lepto-,
  9. leptocephalic,
  10. leptocephalus

Origin of leptin

1995–2000; < Greek leptós small, thin + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for leptin

leptin

/ (ˈlɛptɪn) /

noun

a protein, produced by fat cells in the body, that acts on the brain to regulate the amount of additional fat laid down in the body

Word Origin for leptin

C20: from lepto- + -in

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Science definitions for leptin

leptin

[ lĕptĭn′ ]

A peptide hormone and neurotransmitter produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of appetite.
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