leptin


lep·tin

noun \ˈlep-tən\

Definition of LEPTIN

:  a peptide hormone that is produced by fat cells and plays a role in body weight regulation by acting on the hypothalamus to suppress appetite and burn fat stored in adipose tissue

Origin of LEPTIN

Greek leptos slender + English 1-in
First Known Use: 1995

lep·tin

noun \ˈlep-tən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LEPTIN

: a peptide hormone that is produced by fat cells and plays a role in body weight regulation by acting on the hypothalamus to suppress appetite and burn fat stored in adipose tissue

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