glucagon

noun glu·ca·gon \ ˈglü-kə-ˌgän \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of glucagon

: a protein hormone that is produced especially by the islets of Langerhans and that promotes an increase in the sugar content of the blood by increasing the rate of glycogen breakdown in the liver

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Origin and Etymology of glucagon

gluc- + -agon (perhaps from Greek agōn, present participle of agein to lead, drive) — more at agent


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glucagon

noun glu·ca·gon \ ˈglü-kə-ˌgän \

medical Definition of glucagon

: a protein hormone that is produced especially by the pancreatic islets of Langerhans and that promotes an increase in the sugar content of the blood by increasing the rate of breakdown of glycogen in the liver called also hyperglycemic factor, hyperglycemic-glycogenolytic factor

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