from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A biologically active polypeptide, consisting of nine amino acids, that forms from a blood plasma globulin and mediates the inflammatory response, increases vasodilation, and causes contraction of smooth muscle.
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- n. One of the kinins, a nonapeptide that reduces blood pressure by dilating blood vessels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a hypotensive tissue hormone (C50H73N15O11) which acts on smooth muscle, dilates peripheral vessels and increases capillary permeability. It is formed locally in injured tissue and is believed to play a role in the inflammatory process. It is a nonapeptide with the sequence: Arg-Pro-Pro-Gly-Phe-Ser-Pro-Phe-Arg.
brady- + Greek kīnein, to move; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots + -in.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)