histamine

noun

his·​ta·​mine ˈhi-stə-ˌmēn How to pronounce histamine (audio)
-mən
: 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 That leads to the release of histamines into the blood. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Antihistamines help block the production of histamine, an immune system chemical. Karen Pallarito, Health, 24 Mar. 2024 Without these attachment points, histamine cannot act on the body and cause allergy symptoms. Daniel More, Verywell Health, 9 Mar. 2024 The immune system then releases chemical compounds such as histamine, which causes those hallmark symptoms of allergies. Daniel Peck, ABC News, 20 Mar. 2024 But the researchers found something else, too, in their bladders: mast cells, immune cells that play a role in allergies and asthma by releasing the chemical histamine. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 1 Mar. 2024 However, at least one study found no correlation between histamine and RWH, although the sample size was very small. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 The presence of antibodies tells other specialized cells to release histamine, triggering allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and, in severe cases, asthma. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Some researchers previously believed that histamines—compounds involved in the immune response—found in red wine could trigger headaches. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary hist- + amine

First Known Use

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of histamine was circa 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Histamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histamine. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

histamine

noun
his·​ta·​mine ˈhis-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce histamine (audio)
-mən
: a compound that occurs in many animal tissues and plays an important part in allergic reactions (as in hives, asthma, and hay fever)

Medical Definition

histamine

noun
his·​ta·​mine ˈhis-tə-ˌmēn How to pronounce histamine (audio) -mən How to pronounce histamine (audio)
: 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
histaminic adjective

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