Calcitonin meaning

kălsĭ-tōnĭn
A peptide hormone, produced by the thyroid gland in humans, that lowers plasma calcium and phosphate levels without augmenting calcium accretion.
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A polypeptide hormone regulating the balance of calcium and phosphate in the blood by direct action on bone and kidney: in mammals, secreted by the thyroid.
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A peptide hormone, secreted by the thyroid gland in humans or produced synthetically, that lowers plasma calcium and phosphate levels without augmenting calcium accretion and is used therapeutically to treat diseases such as osteoporosis.
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A peptide hormone secreted by the thyroid gland that stimulates bone formation and lowers blood calcium and phosphate levels.
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(biochemistry) Thyrocalcitonin.
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Origin of calcitonin

  • calci– ton(e) –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition