proinsulin

[ proh-in-suh-lin, -ins-yuh- ]
/ proʊˈɪn sə lɪn, -ˈɪns yə- /

noun Biochemistry.

the prohormone of insulin, converted into insulin by enzymatic removal of part of the molecule.

Origin of proinsulin

First recorded in 1915–20; pro-1 + insulin
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Medicine definitions for proinsulin

proinsulin

[ prō-ĭnsə-lĭn ]

n.

A single-chain polypeptide that is the precursor of insulin, converted into insulin by enzymatic action.
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