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Definition of "gluconeogenesis" [gluconeogenesis]

  • The formation of glucose, especially by the liver, from noncarbohydrate sources, such as amino acids and the glycerol portion of fats. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gluconeogenesis" in a sentence
  • "Dietary protein is converted to glucose via gluconeogenesis, which is carried out in the liver."
  • "The conversion of protein to glucose takes place in the liver and is called gluconeogenesis, a word meaning literally the making from scratch, or genesis, of new glucose."
  • "Not to worry, the body can make glucose from protein and, to a small extent, even from fat in a process called gluconeogenesis making new sugar that takes place in the liver."