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[si-kree-tin] /sɪˈkri tɪn/
noun, Biochemistry
a polypeptide hormone, produced in the small intestine, that activates the pancreas to secrete pancreatic juice.
1900-05; secrete1 + -in2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for secretin


a peptic hormone secreted by the mucosae of the duodenum and jejunum when food passes from the stomach
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C20: from secretion + -in
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secretin in Medicine

secretin se·cre·tin (sĭ-krēt'n)
A polypeptide hormone produced in the duodenum, especially on contact with acid, that stimulates secretion of pancreatic juice.

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Encyclopedia Article for secretin

a digestive hormone secreted by the wall of the upper part of the small intestine (the duodenum). Its secretion is stimulated when acid from the stomach or digested protein bathes the mucous tissue of the duodenum. Secretin, a protein of low molecular weight, evokes the discharge of fluid and bicarbonate ions from the pancreas; it also promotes the secretion of bile from the liver.

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