erythropoietin

noun
eryth·​ro·​poi·​e·​tin | \ i-ˌrith-rō-ˈpȯi-ə-tən How to pronounce erythropoietin (audio) \

Definition of erythropoietin

: a glycoprotein hormone formed especially in the kidney and stimulating red blood cell formation

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This mechanism is different from erythropoietin-stimulating agents (ESAs) like Amgen’s Epogen, which promotes the production of early-stage red blood cells. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Acceleron blood disease drug hits goal in pivotal clinical trial," 28 June 2018 As for drugs, notorious test-tube elixirs like human growth hormone and erythropoietin are coming under more scrutiny than ever. Andrew Tilin, WIRED, "Ready, Set, Mutate!," 1 Sep. 2000

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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erythropoietin

noun
eryth·​ro·​poi·​e·​tin | \ -ˈpȯi-ət-ən How to pronounce erythropoietin (audio) \

Medical Definition of erythropoietin

: a hormonal substance that is formed especially in the kidney and stimulates red blood cell formation abbreviation EPO — see epogen

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