gastrin

noun

gas·​trin ˈga-strən How to pronounce gastrin (audio)
: any of various polypeptide hormones that are secreted by the gastric mucosa and induce secretion of gastric juice

Examples of gastrin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cancer cells release gastrin, a highly acidic hormone. Mark Gurarie, Health, 6 Aug. 2023 That’s because drinking coffee stimulates the release of gastrin, a hormone that causes the intestines to constrict and relax, Crespin said. Andrea Michelson, Verywell Health, 17 July 2023 Zhou-Feng Chen, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues showed that mice engineered to lack genes for this receptor — called the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor — could still feel pain but barely felt itch, no matter what the researchers tried. Katherine Harmon Courage, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2020 The extra gastrin can cause acid secretion to increase. Sean O'Neal, Men's Health, 27 Feb. 2023 When PPIs stop the production of stomach acid, it’s theorized, your body responds by making more of the hormone gastrin. Sean O'Neal, Men's Health, 27 Feb. 2023 The response is driven by the vagus nerve, as well as hormones like gastrin and histamine. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 18 Feb. 2023 Coffee appears to also stimulate release of the hormone gastrin, Staller said, which enables production of gastric acid (stomach acid). Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Researchers discovered in 1986 that drinking caffeinated or decaf coffee affected gastrin levels quickly and significantly. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gastrin was in 1905

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“Gastrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gastrin. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

gastrin

noun
gas·​trin ˈgas-trən How to pronounce gastrin (audio)
: any of various polypeptide hormones that are secreted by the gastric mucosa and induce secretion of gastric juice

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