Definition of "leptin" []

  • A peptide hormone neurotransmitter produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of appetite. (noun)
  • A protein, produced by fat cells in the body, that acts on the brain to regulate the amount of additional fat laid down in the body (noun)

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Use "leptin" in a sentence
  • "By comparing these mice with normal mice, researchers at Rockefeller University isolated a substance they called leptin from the Greek word meaning thin: leptos as being a hormone that the obese mice were not producing."
  • "Some of these genetic differences will probably involve a hormone called leptin, which is produced by fat cells."
  • "In fact, many leading nutrition coaches for competitive bodybuilders attempt to stave off reductions in leptin with periodic “refeeds”."