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Definition of "somatostatin" [somatostatin]

  • A polypeptide hormone produced chiefly by the hypothalamus that inhibits the secretion of various other hormones, such as somatotropin, glucagon, insulin, thyrotropin, and gastrin. (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 "somatostatin" in a sentence
  • "It is now commonly accepted that there are a group of peptides such as somatostatin (49, 50), substance P (51), vasoactive intestinal peptide (52) and cholecystokinin or its C-terminal octapeptide"
  • "Nor do the authors have good words for dairy which they write treats unwitting consumers to prolactin, somatostatin, melatonin, oxytocin, growth hormone, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone and fourteen other unwanted hormones in addition to fat, calories, cholesterol and antibiotics."
  • "But then there was a seminar describing the synthesis and cloning of a gene for somatostatin."