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erythropoietin

[ih-rith-roh-poi-i-tn, -poi-eet-n] /ɪˌrɪθ roʊˈpɔɪ ɪ tn, -pɔɪˈit n/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
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
1945-1950
1945-50; erythropoiet(ic) + -in2
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Examples for erythropoietin
  • Some then turned to erythropoietin, a blood-enhancing drug.
  • They then injected the antibody-erythropoietin combination into the bloodstream of mice.
  • 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.
  • The cysts may cause the kidneys to increase production of erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells.
  • One treatment involves transfusions or injections of erythropoietin, a drug that increases red blood cell production.
British Dictionary definitions for erythropoietin

erythropoietin

/ɪˌrɪθrəʊpɔɪˈiːtɪn/
noun
1.
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 EPO
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erythropoietin in Medicine

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 in Science
erythropoietin
  (ĭ-rĭth'rō-poi-ē'tĭn)   
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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