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pros·ta·glan·din

 (prŏs′tə-glăn′dĭn)
n.
Any of a group of potent hormonelike substances that are produced in various mammalian tissues, are derived from arachidonic acid, and mediate a wide range of physiological functions, such as control of blood pressure, contraction of smooth muscle, and modulation of inflammation.

[prosta(te) gland (from the mistaken belief that the first prostaglandin discovered was secreted by the prostate) + -in.]
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prostaglandin

(ˌprɒstəˈɡlændɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) any of a group of potent hormone-like compounds composed of essential fatty acids and found in all mammalian tissues, esp human semen. Prostaglandins stimulate the muscles of the uterus and affect the blood vessels; they are used to induce abortion or birth
[C20: from prosta(te) gland + -in; it was originally believed to be secreted by the prostate gland]
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pros•ta•glan•din

(ˌprɒs təˈglæn dɪn)

n.
any of a class of unsaturated fatty acids that are involved in the contraction of smooth muscle, the control of inflammation and body temperature, and many other physiological functions.
[1935–40; prosta (te) + gland1 + -in1]
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pros·ta·glan·din

(prŏs′tə-glăn′dĭn)
Any of a group of substances that are derived from fatty acids and have a wide range of effects in the body. Prostaglandins influence the contraction of the muscles lining many internal organs and can lower or raise blood pressure.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prostaglandin - a potent substance that acts like a hormone and is found in many bodily tissues (and especially in semen); produced in response to trauma and may affect blood pressure and metabolism and smooth muscle activity
autacoid, autocoid - any physiologically active internal secretion especially one of uncertain classification
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Translations

prostaglandin

[ˌprɒstəˈglændɪn] Nprostaglandina f
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prostaglandin

nProstaglandin nt
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prostaglandin

[ˌprɒstəˈglændɪn] nprostaglandina
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prostaglandin

n prostaglandina
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Data were extracted from peer-reviewed journals using MEDLINE and EMBASE databases, and the following terms (platelets, platelet receptors, CD markers, integrins, tetraspanins, transmembrane receptors, prostaglandin receptors, immunoglobulin superfamily receptors) were used.

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