insulin-like growth factor

noun

Definition of insulin-like growth factor

:either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity

First Known Use of insulin-like growth factor

1976


Medical Dictionary

insulin-like growth factor

noun in·su·lin-like growth factor \ ˌin(t)-s(ə-)lən-ˌlīk- \

medical Definition of insulin-like growth factor

:either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity; especially :insulin-like growth factor 1

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