Ghrelin definition

grĕlən
A hormone that is secreted by cells in the stomach and promotes hunger before an expected meal, decreases in amount after eating, and promotes secretion of growth hormone.
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A hormone that is secreted by cells in the stomach and promotes hunger before an expected meal, decreases in amount after eating, and promotes secretion of growth hormone.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ghrelin
Plural:
ghrelins

Origin of ghrelin

  • Coined by its discoverers from ghrē- reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root of English grow grow –in (probably influenced by g(rowth)-h(ormone)-rel(easing peptide) a description of ghrelin's function and chemical composition)

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