Somatomedin meaning

sō-mătə-mēdn, sōmə-tə-
Any of a group of peptides that are produced by the liver upon stimulation by growth hormone and act directly on many cell types to stimulate growth.
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Any of a group of protein hormones produced in the liver and regulating the activity of growth hormones in building muscle and cartilage.
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Any of several peptides that are synthesized in the liver and other tissues and are capable of stimulating growth processes, especially in bone, cartilage, and muscle. Somatomedins are secreted and activated in response to growth hormone . Somatomedin levels rise progressively during childhood, peak at puberty, and then stabilize at lower levels in adulthood. Somatomedins influence calcium, phosphate, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism and have also been associated with the growth of certain cancers.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of peptides which mediate the action of somatotropin on cartilage.
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Origin of somatomedin

  • Perhaps somato(tropin) (inter)med(iary) –in

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