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prostaglandin

[pros-tuh-glan-din]
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noun
  1. Biochemistry. any of a class of unsaturated fatty acids that are involved in the contraction of smooth muscle, the control of inflammation and body temperature, and many other physiological functions.
  2. Pharmacology. any commercial preparation of this substance.
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Origin of prostaglandin

First recorded in 1935–40; prosta(te) + gland1 + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for prostaglandin

prostaglandin

noun
  1. any of a group of potent hormone-like compounds composed of essential fatty acids and found in all mammalian tissues, esp human semen. Prostaglandins stimulate the muscles of the uterus and affect the blood vessels; they are used to induce abortion or birth
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Word Origin

C20: from prosta (te) gland + -in; it was originally believed to be secreted by the prostate gland
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Word Origin and History for prostaglandin

n.

1936, from German (1935); see prostate + gland + chemical suffix -in (2).

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prostaglandin in Medicine

prostaglandin

(prŏs′tə-glăndĭn)
n.
  1. Any of a group of hormonelike substances produced in various tissues that are derived from amino acids and mediate a range of physiological functions, such as metabolism and nerve transmission.
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prostaglandin in Science

prostaglandin

[prŏs′tə-glăndĭn]
  1. Any of a group of substances that are derived from fatty acids and have a wide range of effects in the body. Prostaglandins influence the contraction of the muscles lining many internal organs and can lower or raise blood pressure.
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