Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood sugar levels, thus opposing the action of insulin.

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  • n. A hormone, produced by the pancreas, that opposes the action of insulin by stimulating the production of sugar

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hormone secreted by the pancreas; stimulates increases in blood sugar levels in the blood (thus opposing the action of insulin)

Etymologies

Probably gluc(o)- + Greek ag┼Źn, present participle of agein, to lead, drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We have found in a previous study with rats that the fibre increases the levels of a satiety hormone called glucagon-like peptide GLP-1 in the body and increases a gene in the intestines that helps the body to create more GLP-1.

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  • He discovered a new hormone called glucagon-like peptide one GLP-1, which scientists eventually realized lowers blood sugar only when it gets too high.

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  • Alpha cells secrete a hormone called glucagon that counteracts the effects of too much insulin and helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.

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  • (Reuters) - A test run of an "artificial pancreas" that monitors blood sugar and delivers both insulin and regulatory hormone called glucagon helped patients achieve near-normal blood sugar levels for more

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  • Alpha cells normally reside alongside beta cells in the pancreas and secrete a hormone called glucagon, which works opposite to insulin to regulate the levels of sugar in the blood.

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  • A test run of an "artificial pancreas" that monitors blood sugar and delivers both insulin and regulatory hormone called glucagon helped patients achieve near-normal blood sugar levels for more than 24 hours, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. glucose monitor, two pumps and a laptop -- is designed to better mimic the body's natural mechanism of controlling both high and low blood sugar.

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  • A test run of an "artificial pancreas" that monitors blood sugar and delivers both insulin and regulatory hormone called glucagon helped patients achieve near-normal blood sugar levels for more than 24 hours, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

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  • Going for whole grains discourages a spare tire by releasing an appetite-satisfying "I'm full now" hormone called glucagon-like peptide 1.

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  • Sitagliptin is a member of a new class of drugs that enhance the actions of the gut hormone known as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes.

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