vasoactive intestinal peptide

noun
variants: or vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

Medical Definition of vasoactive intestinal peptide

: 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

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“Vasoactive intestinal peptide.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/vasoactive%20intestinal%20peptide. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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