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prostaglandin

Syllabification: pros·ta·glan·din
Pronunciation: /ˌprästəˈɡlandən
 
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Definition of prostaglandin in English:

noun

Biochemistry
Any of a group of cyclic fatty acid compounds with varying hormonelike effects, notably the promotion of uterine contractions.
Example sentences
  • Aspirin blocks a group of enzymes that synthesize prostaglandins, which are hormones that assist in pain, inflammation and blood clotting.
  • This enzyme is responsible for your body's production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances involved in inflammation and pain.
  • It prompts the body to release chemicals called prostaglandins, which trigger uterine contractions.

Origin

1930s: from prostate + gland1 + -in1.

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