Medical Dictionary

vasoactive intestinal peptide

variants: or

vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

Medical Definition of vasoactive intestinal peptide

  1. :  a protein hormone that consists of a chain of 28 amino acid residues, was first isolated from the gut of the pig, has been implicated as a neurotransmitter, and has a wide range of physiological activities (as stimulation of secretion by the pancreas and small intestine, vasodilation, and inhibition of gastric juice production)—abbreviation VIP

Seen and Heard

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


to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!