B-type natriuretic peptide

\ ˈbē-ˌtīp- How to pronounce B-type natriuretic peptide (audio) \
variants: or brain natriuretic peptide

Medical Definition of B-type natriuretic peptide

: a peptide hormone secreted mainly by myocytes of the cardiac ventricles in response to stretching of heart muscle

Note: An elevated level of B-type natriuretic peptide in the blood is indicative of heart failure.

The marked elevation of serum B-type natriuretic peptide, combined with the physical examination and radiologic findings, points to severe heart failure as the cause of the patient's clinical presentation.— Melissa H. Kong et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 6 Mar. 2008 … tests of brain natriuretic peptide can help determine a patient's chances of surviving a myocardial infarction or of having decompensated heart failure.— Mike Mitka, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 15 Dec. 2004 abbreviation BNP

Comments on B-type natriuretic peptide

What made you want to look up B-type natriuretic peptide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


involving a confidence or trust

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!