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somatomedin

Line breaks: som¦ato|medin
Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊmətə(ʊ)ˈmiːdɪn
 
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Definition of somatomedin in English:

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A hormone which acts as an intermediate in the stimulation of tissue growth by growth hormone.
Example sentences
  • IGF-I (originally called somatomedin C) is a growth factor structurally related to insulin.
  • This is accomplished through development of several small proteins called somatomedin which are formed in the liver.
  • Because the liver also is a primary source of somatomedins, an estrogenic stimulus might ultimately increase somatomedin concentrations.

Origin

1970s: from somato- 'of the body' + (inter)med(iary) + -in1.

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