A peptide hormone, produced by the thyroid gland in humans, that lowers plasma calcium and phosphate levels without augmenting calcium accretion. Also called thyrocalcitonin.(noun)
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"Rats with vagal, pelvic, hypogastric and ovarian neurectomies exhibited a marked decrease in calcitonin gene-related peptide-immunoreactive nerves in the uterus relative to rats with pelvic, hypogastric, and ovarian neurectomies with intact vagus nerves."
"That actually mimics the effects of these hormones, or calcitonin, which is a non-sex hormone that increases bone mass in the spine."
"It provides a definite fingerprint and time stamp for different species, and researchers make use of similarities between species to create novel treatments ... such as calcitonin from salmon for human use."