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kallikrein

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noun kal·li·kre·in \ˌka-lə-ˈkrē-ən, kə-ˈli-krē-ən\

Definition of kallikrein

  1. :  a hypotensive protease that liberates kinins from blood plasma proteins and is used therapeutically for vasodilation



Origin of kallikrein

German, from Greek kallikreas sweetbread, pancreas, from kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) + kreas flesh — more at raw


First Known Use: 1930


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noun kal·li·kre·in \ˌkal-ə-ˈkrē-ən, kə-ˈlik-rē-ən\

Medical Definition of kallikrein

  1. :  a hypotensive protease that liberates kinins from blood plasma proteins and is used therapeutically for vasodilation




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