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insulin

Definitions of insulin
  1. noun
    hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells
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    types:
    Lente Iletin, Lente Insulin
    trade names for forms of insulin that are used to treat diabetes mellitus
    Humulin, recombinant human insulin
    a form of insulin (trade name Humulin) made from recombinant DNA that is identical to human insulin; used to treat diabetics who are allergic to preparations made from beef or pork insulin
    type of:
    endocrine, hormone, internal secretion
    the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
    hypoglycaemic agent, hypoglycemic agent
    any of various agents that decrease the level of glucose in the blood and are used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus
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