cholecystokinin

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noun cho·le·cys·to·ki·nin \-ˌsis-tə-ˈkī-nən\

Definition of cholecystokinin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of cholecystokinin

New Latin cholecystis + English -o- + kinin


First Known Use: circa 1929


Medical Dictionary

cholecystokinin

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noun cho·le·cys·to·ki·nin \-ˌsis-tə-ˈkī-nən\

Medical Definition of cholecystokinin

  1. :  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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