calcitonin

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
2 : a synthetic or recombinant form of calcitonin used to treat Paget's disease of bone and postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Calcitonin administered by means of a nasal spray is an antiresorptive agent that has limited efficacy in reducing the risk of vertebral fractures and lacks efficacy in preventing hip fracture.
  • —Murray J. Favus

Origin and Etymology of calcitonin

calci- + -tonin (as in serotonin)


Medical Dictionary

calcitonin

noun cal·ci·to·nin \ ˌkal-sə-ˈtō-nən \

medical Definition of calcitonin

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 : a synthetic or recombinant form of calcitonin used to treat Paget's disease of bone and postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Calcitonin administered by means of a nasal spray is an antiresorptive agent that has limited efficacy in reducing the risk of vertebral fractures and lacks efficacy in preventing hip fracture.
  • —Murray J. FavusThe New England Journal of Medicine18 Nov. 2010

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