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INSULIN

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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.


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INSULIN (noun)


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Meaning:

Hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells

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Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("insulin" is a kind of...):

endocrine; hormone; internal secretion (the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect)

hypoglycaemic agent; hypoglycemic agent (any of various agents that decrease the level of glucose in the blood and are used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "insulin"):

Lente Iletin; Lente Insulin (trade names for forms of insulin that are used to treat diabetes mellitus)

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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