Definition of prostaglandin in English:

prostaglandin

Line breaks: pros¦ta|glan¦din
Pronunciation: /ˌprɒstəˈglandɪn
 
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noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of a group of compounds with varying hormone-like effects, notably the promotion of uterine contractions. They are cyclic fatty acids: the body’s production of prostaglandins
    More 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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