Share this entry
somatomedin Line breaks: som¦ato|medin
Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊmətə(ʊ)ˈmiːdɪn/

Definition of somatomedin in English:


[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.


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

Definition of somatomedin in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources