kinin

noun

ki·​nin ˈkī-nən How to pronounce kinin (audio)
1
: any of various polypeptide hormones that are formed locally in the tissues and cause dilation of blood vessels and contraction of smooth muscle
2

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Word History

Etymology

Greek kinein to move, stimulate + English -in entry 1 — more at -kinesis

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinin was in 1954

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Cite this Entry

“Kinin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinin. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

kinin

noun

ki·​nin ˈkī-nən How to pronounce kinin (audio)
1
: any of various polypeptide hormones that are formed locally in the tissues and cause dilation of blood vessels and contraction of smooth muscle
2

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