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Definition: 'Somatostatin'

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Pronunciation: sō′mă-tō-stat′in

1. A tetradecapeptide capable of inhibiting the release of somatotropin by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland; somatostatin has a short half-life; it also inhibits the release of insulin, glucagon, and gastrin. Used in the treatment of acromegaly, gigantism, and pancreatic tumors.

Synonyms: growth hormone–inhibiting hormone, somatotropin release-inhibiting factor, somatotropin release-inhibiting hormone

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