cholecystokinin

noun

cho·​le·​cys·​to·​ki·​nin ˌkō-lə-ˌsi-stə-ˈkī-nən How to pronounce cholecystokinin (audio)
: a hormone secreted especially by the duodenal mucosa that regulates the emptying of the gallbladder and secretion of enzymes by the pancreas and that has been found in the brain

called also cholecystokinin-pancreozymin, pancreozymin

Examples of cholecystokinin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers like Franklin Miller at the National Institutes of Health are learning that nocebo effects are mediated by neurotransmitters like dopamine, endogenous opioids, and cholecystokinin. Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2012

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin cholecystis + English -o- + kinin

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cholecystokinin was circa 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Cholecystokinin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholecystokinin. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

cholecystokinin

noun
cho·​le·​cys·​to·​ki·​nin -ˌsis-tə-ˈkī-nən How to pronounce cholecystokinin (audio)
: a hormone secreted especially by the duodenal mucosa that regulates the emptying of the gallbladder and secretion of enzymes by the pancreas and that has been found in the brain

called also cholecystokinin-pancreozymin, pancreozymin

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