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[gloo-kuh-gon] /ˈglu kəˌgɒn/
noun, Biochemistry
a hormone secreted by the pancreas that acts in opposition to insulin in the regulation of blood glucose levels.
1923; probably gluc- + Greek ágōn present participle of ágein to lead, drive; see -agogue Unabridged
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  • Persons with severe hypoglycemia are treated with glucose injections or the hormone glucagon.
British Dictionary definitions for glucagon


/ˈɡluːkəˌɡɒn; -ɡən/
a polypeptide hormone, produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, that stimulates the release of glucose into the blood Compare insulin
Word Origin
C20: from gluc(ose) + -agon, perhaps from Greek agein to lead
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Word Origin and History for glucagon

1923, from gluco- + Greek agon, present participle of agein "to lead" (see act (n.)).

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glucagon in Medicine

glucagon glu·ca·gon (glōō'kə-gŏn')
A polypeptide hormone secreted by alpha cells that initiates a rise in blood sugar levels by stimulating the breakdown of glycogen by the liver.

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glucagon in Science
A polypeptide hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood glucose levels, thus opposing the action of insulin.
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Encyclopedia Article for glucagon

a pancreatic hormone produced by cells in the islets of Langerhans. Glucagon, a protein of low molecular weight, strongly opposes the action of insulin; it raises the concentration of sugar (glucose) in the blood by promoting the breakdown of glycogen (the form in which glucose is stored in the liver). It also reduces the rate of glycogen synthesis, promotes the breakdown of protein, and promotes the metabolism of fat. Gastrointestinal glucagon, another form, is secreted into the blood when glucose is ingested; its only action appears to be to stimulate the secretion of insulin.

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