histamine

noun
his·​ta·​mine | \ ˈhi-stə-ˌmēn How to pronounce histamine (audio) , -mən \

Definition of histamine

: a compound C5H9N3 especially of mammalian tissues that causes dilation of capillaries, contraction of smooth muscle, and stimulation of gastric acid secretion, that is released during allergic reactions, and that is formed by decarboxylation of histidine

Examples of histamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These headaches seem to be linked to the sudden release of histamine or serotonin in the body. Korin Miller, SELF, 14 July 2022 Magnesium also helps with the production of histamine. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 It’s the histamine that causes the itch and the swollen blotches. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Antihistamines are medications that block the release of histamine, the compound your body produces that’s responsible for your allergy symptoms, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, 25 Jan. 2022 This is because, in response to an allergy trigger, your immune system’s mast cells release histamine, a chemical that can cause itching along with other allergy symptoms, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 4 Nov. 2021 These drugs work by blocking histamine, the chemical produced by the immune system during an allergic reaction. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 7 Sep. 2021 When your eyes are exposed to an allergy-causing substance, this causes your body to release a substance called histamine. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 29 Apr. 2021 The thinking here, Dr. Tracey said, was that famotidine, as a histamine receptor blocker, is structured in a way that could prevent the coronavirus from replicating. Amber Brenza, Health.com, 5 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of histamine

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for histamine

International Scientific Vocabulary hist- + amine

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19 Jul 2022

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“Histamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histamine. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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histamine

noun
his·​ta·​mine | \ ˈhis-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce histamine (audio) , -mən How to pronounce histamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of histamine

: a compound C5H9N3 especially of mammalian tissues that causes dilatation of capillaries, contraction of smooth muscle, and stimulation of gastric acid secretion, that is released during allergic reactions, and that is formed by decarboxylation of histidine

Other Words from histamine

histaminic \ ˌhis-​tə-​ˈmin-​ik How to pronounce histamine (audio) \ adjective

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