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adiponectin

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noun ad·i·po·nec·tin \ ˌa-də-(ˌ)pō-ˈnek-tən \

medical Definition of adiponectin

:a protein produced and secreted by fat cells that is normally abundant in the blood plasma but has reduced expression in those with obesity and insulin resistance
  • Scientists now know that fat makes huge amounts of adiponectin—more than any other protein secreted by fat. The hormone increases insulin sensitivity, helping cells process sugar more effectively.
  • —Tina HesmanThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch27 July 2004

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