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kinin

[kahy-nin, kin-in] /ˈkaɪ nɪn, ˈkɪn ɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
2.
any of a group of hormones, formed in body tissues, that cause dilation of blood vessels and influence capillary permeability.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; independent use of -kinin, or (cyto)kin(esis) + -in2

-kinin

1.
a combining form used in the names of hormones, especially peptide hormones:
bradykinin; cytokinin.
Origin
< Greek kīn(eîn) to move, set in motion (cf. kinesis, kinetic) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for kinin

kinin

/ˈkaɪnɪn/
noun
1.
any of a group of polypeptides in the blood that cause dilation of the blood vessels and make smooth muscles contract
2.
another name for cytokinin
Word Origin
C20: from Greek kin(ēma) motion + -in
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kinin in Medicine

kinin ki·nin (kī'nĭn)
n.
Any of various polypeptides, such as bradykinin, that act locally to induce vasodilation and contraction of smooth muscle.

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