somatostatin

somatostatin

[suh-mat-uh-stat-n, soh-muh-tuh-]
noun Biochemistry.
a polypeptide hormone, produced in the brain and pancreas, that inhibits secretion of somatotropin from the hypothalamus and inhibits insulin production by the pancreas.

Origin:
1973; somato(tropin) + stat-, extracted from deverbal derivatives of Latin stāre to stand, stop (cf. status) + -in2

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somatostatin (ˌsəʊmətəˈstætɪn)
 
n
a peptide hormone that prevents the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland
 
[C20: from somato- + -stat + -in]

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somatostatin so·mat·o·stat·in (sō-māt'ə-stāt'n, sō'mə-tə-)
n.
A tetradecapeptide capable of inhibiting the release of somatotropin by the pituitary gland. Also called somatotropin release-inhibiting factor.

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somatostatin   (sō-māt'ə-stāt'n, sō'mə-tə-)  Pronunciation Key 
A polypeptide produced by the hypothalamus and the pancreas. Somatostatin produced by the hypothalamus acts as a neurohormone that inhibits the secretion of other hormones, especially growth hormone and thyrotropin. Somatostatin secreted by the pancreas acts as a hormone that inhibits the secretion of the other pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, and reduces the activity of the digestive system.
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