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calcitonin

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noun cal·ci·to·nin \ˌkal-sə-ˈtō-nən\

Definition of calcitonin

  1. :  a polypeptide hormone especially from the thyroid gland that lowers the level of calcium in the blood plasma —called also thyrocalcitonin



Origin of calcitonin

calci- + -tonin (as in serotonin)


First Known Use: 1961


Medical Dictionary

calcitonin

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noun cal·ci·to·nin \ˌkal-sə-ˈtō-nən\

Medical Definition of calcitonin

  1. 1:  a polypeptide hormone especially from the thyroid gland that tends to lower the level of calcium in the blood plasma—called also thyrocalcitonin

  2. 2:  a synthetic or recombinant form of calcitonin used to treat Paget's disease of bone and postmenopausal osteoporosis




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