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somatostatin

[ suh-mat-uh-stat-n, soh-muh-tuh- ]
/ səˌmæt əˈstæt n, ˌsoʊ mə tə- /
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noun Biochemistry.

a polypeptide hormone, produced in the brain and pancreas, that inhibits secretion of somatotropin from the hypothalamus and inhibits insulin production by the pancreas.

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Origin of somatostatin

First recorded in 1970–75; somato(tropin) + stat-, extracted from derivative nouns of Latin stāre “to stand, stand up, be standing” + -in noun suffix; see stand, -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for somatostatin

somatostatin
/ (ˌsəʊmətəˈstætɪn) /

noun

a peptide hormone that prevents the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland

Word Origin for somatostatin

C20: from somato- + -stat + -in
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Medical definitions for somatostatin

somatostatin
[ sō-măt′ə-stătn, sō′mə-tə- ]

n.

A tetradecapeptide capable of inhibiting the release of somatotropin by the pituitary gland.somatotropin release-inhibiting factor
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Scientific definitions for somatostatin

somatostatin
[ sō-măt′ə-stătn, sō′mə-tə- ]

A polypeptide produced by the hypothalamus and the pancreas. Somatostatin produced by the hypothalamus acts as a neurohormone that inhibits the secretion of other hormones, especially growth hormone and thyrotropin. Somatostatin secreted by the pancreas acts as a hormone that inhibits the secretion of the other pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, and reduces the activity of the digestive system.
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