Prostaglandin Definition

prŏstə-glăndĭn
prostaglandins
noun
Any of a group of hormonelike fatty acids found throughout the body, esp. in semen, that affect blood pressure, metabolism, body temperature, and other important body processes.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Prostaglandin

Noun

Singular:
prostaglandin
Plural:
prostaglandins

Origin of Prostaglandin

  • From German Prostaglandin, corresponding to prosta(te) + gland + -in (because it was originally believed to be secreted from the prostate).

    From Wiktionary

  • prosta(te) gland (from the mistaken belief that the first prostaglandin discovered was secreted by the prostate) –in

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

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