erythropoietin

[ih-rith-roh-poi-i-tn, -poi-eet-n]
noun Biochemistry.
a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the bone marrow, synthesized in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues.

Origin:
1945–50; erythropoiet(ic) + -in2

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erythropoietin (ɪˌrɪθrəʊpɔɪˈiːtɪn)
 
n
EPO a hormone, secreted by the kidney in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues, that increases the rate of erythropoiesis. It has been used as a performance-enhancing drug for athletes and racehorses

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erythropoietin e·ryth·ro·poi·e·tin (ĭ-rĭth'rō-poi-ē'tĭn)
n.
A glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells by bone marrow.

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erythropoietin   (ĭ-rĭth'rō-poi-ē'tĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
A glycoprotein hormone, secreted mostly by the kidneys in adults and the liver in children, that stimulates stem cells in the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.
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Example sentences
Some then turned to erythropoietin, a blood-enhancing drug.
His level of erythropoietin, the kidney's bone-marrow stimulator, must have
  been low for months.
Without erythropoietin, patients may become anemic, making them feel weak and
  exhausted.
Erythropoietin is the hormone that acts in the bone marrow to increase the
  production of red blood cells.
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