a powerful, short-lived peptide that lowers blood pressure, increases vascular permeability, dilates blood vessels, causes smooth muscle to contract, and triggers pain
Origin of kininfrom kin(etic) + -in
Any of various structurally related polypeptides, such as bradykinin, that act locally to induce vasodilation and contraction of smooth muscle.
Origin of kininShort for bradykinin
NounSee also: kínín