glucagon

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

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

Examples of glucagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least 34 states and the District of Columbia have trained teachers, administrators and coaches in schools who are permitted to give routine insulin and emergency glucagon, according to the American Diabetes Association. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From School," 29 June 2019 Prices for basal insulin are down 15% to 20% year over year, Mr. Verdult said, while prices for Victoza, a glucagon-like peptid 1 product used to treat diabetes, have been flat. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Danish Insulin Maker Novo Nordisk Cuts Jobs, Shifts R&D Spending," 1 Nov. 2018 The drug acts against the hormone glucagon, which tells the liver to make glucose. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Diabetes drug results positive, Ligand says," 6 Sep. 2017 By inhibiting or antagonizing glucagon, the drug reduces the level of blood sugar. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Diabetes drug results positive, Ligand says," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of glucagon

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glucagon

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

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“Glucagon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glucagon. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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glucagon

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

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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