kallikrein

noun kal·li·kre·in \ ˌka-lə-ˈkrē-ən , kə-ˈli-krē-ən \

Definition of kallikrein

: a hypotensive protease that liberates kinins from blood plasma proteins and is used therapeutically for vasodilation

Origin and Etymology of kallikrein

German, from Greek kallikreas sweetbread, pancreas, from kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) + kreas flesh — more at raw


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kallikrein

noun kal·li·kre·in \ ˌkal-ə-ˈkrē-ən , kə-ˈlik-rē-ən \

medical Definition of kallikrein

: a hypotensive protease that liberates kinins from blood plasma proteins and is used therapeutically for vasodilation

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