glucagon

noun

glu·​ca·​gon ˈglü-kə-ˌgän How to pronounce glucagon (audio)
: 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

Examples of glucagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The device will infuse both insulin and glucagon by following a pattern that mimics the unique electrical characteristics of alpha and beta cells. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2010 So, by simultaneously boosting your insulin and lowering your glucagon, GLP-1 (and, by extension, Ozempic) lowers your blood sugar in two different ways. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023 Thankfully, many glucagon kits these days function like an EpiPen and are easy to administer. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 2 Feb. 2024 Two other hormones also play a role in regulating blood sugar — somatostatin and glucagon — and little was known then about how they are produced. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for glucagon 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glucagon was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Glucagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glucagon. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

glucagon

noun
glu·​ca·​gon ˈglü-kə-ˌgän How to pronounce glucagon (audio)
: 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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