incretin

noun
in·​cre·​tin | \ in-ˈkrē-tᵊn How to pronounce incretin (audio) \

Medical Definition of incretin

: any of various gastrointestinal hormones that stimulate the secretion of insulin by the pancreas The actions of incretins depend on glucose concentration, and their function ceases when serum glucose level is less than 55 mg/dL …— Renee E. Amori et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 11 July 2007 … ingested nutrients stimulate the release of gut peptides called incretins, which enhance secretion of the hormone insulin, the main controller of blood glucose levels.— Joshua P. Thaler and David E. Cummings, Nature, 24 Apr. 2008

Comments on incretin

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

WORD OF THE DAY

transposition of initial sounds of words

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?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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