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Dictionary entry overview: What does insulin mean?
• INSULIN (noun)
The noun INSULIN has 1 sense:
1. hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells
Familiarity information: INSULIN used as a noun is very rare.
Dictionary entry details
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Hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells
Nouns denoting body parts
Hypernyms ("insulin" is a kind of...):
Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "insulin"):
Humulin; recombinant human insulin (a form of insulin (trade name Humulin) made from recombinant DNA that is identical to human insulin; used to treat diabetics who are allergic to preparations made from beef or pork insulin)
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