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vasoactive intestinal peptide

noun
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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


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