prostaglandin

noun pros·ta·glan·din \ ˌprä-stə-ˈglan-dən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prostaglandin

:any of various oxygenated unsaturated cyclic fatty acids of animals that are formed chiefly by the action of cyclooxygenase on arachidonic acid and perform a variety of hormonelike actions (as in controlling blood pressure or smooth muscle contraction)

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Origin and Etymology of prostaglandin

prostate gland + 1-in; from its occurrence in the seminal fluid of animals


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prostaglandin

noun pros·ta·glan·din \ ˌpräs-tə-ˈglan-dən \

medical Definition of prostaglandin

:any of various oxygenated unsaturated cyclic fatty acids of animals that are formed as cyclooxygenase metabolites especially from unsaturated fatty acids (as arachidonic acid) composed of a chain of 20 carbon atoms and that perform a variety of hormonelike actions (as in controlling blood pressure or smooth muscle contraction)

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