Definition of prostacyclin in English:

prostacyclin

Line breaks: pros¦ta|cyc¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒstəˈsʌɪklɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound of the prostaglandin type produced in arterial walls, which functions as an anticoagulant and vasodilator.
More example sentences
  • Other common therapies including anticoagulant treatment and prostacyclin have been used.
  • The endothelium produces several regulatory mediators, including nitric oxide and prostacyclin, which are vasodilators, and endothelin, which is a vasoconstrictor.
  • Aspirin also reduces endothelial cell production of prostacyclin, an inhibitor of platelet aggregation and a vasodilator.

Origin

1970s: from prostaglandin + cyclic + -in1.

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