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somatostatin

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noun so·mato·stat·in \sō-ˌma-tə-ˈsta-tən\

Definition of somatostatin

  1. :  a polypeptide neurohormone that is found especially in the hypothalamus and inhibits the secretion of several other hormones (as growth hormone, insulin, and gastrin)



Origin of somatostatin

somat- + Latin status (past participle of sistere to halt, cause to stand) + English 1-in; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand


First Known Use: 1973


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somatostatin

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noun so·mato·stat·in \sō-ˌmat-ə-ˈstat-ən\

Medical Definition of somatostatin

  1. :  a polypeptide neurohormone that is found especially in the hypothalamus, is composed of a chain of 14 amino acid residues, and inhibits the secretion of several other hormones (as growth hormone, insulin, and gastrin)




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