Definitions

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  • n. A peptide hormone, secreted in the stomach, that increases appetite.

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  • n. a gastrointestinal hormone produced by epithelial cells lining the fundus of the stomach; appears to be a stimulant for appetite and feeding, but is also a strong stimulant of growth hormone secretion from the anterior pituitary

Etymologies

From acronym GHR ("growth hormone-releasing peptide") + -lin, a common hormone suffix. Incidental pun on Proto-Indo-European *ghre- (“to grow”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "This part of the stomach is in charge of producing a hormone called ghrelin, which is responsible for our appetite," said Gandsas.

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  • When our bodies notice we need more calories, levels of a hormone called ghrelin increase.

    I’m so hungry I could kiss you | clusterflock

  • What I found out after the surgery and in looking into -- doing all the research I had to do to write up all the stuff you have to write up before the surgery, I heard about a hormone called ghrelin or ghrelin -- depends on which doctor you talk to, how it ` s pronounced -- that basically signals your brain and says, I need more food.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2007

  • The body responds by releasing a hormone called ghrelin, which causes hunger and provokes us to eat even more.

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  • A Swedish team found that a stomach hormone called ghrelin could make rats seek sugar the way addicts seek drugs.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The group is the first to show that these cells, which release a hormone called ghrelin, are controlled by a circadian clock that is set by mealtime patterns.

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  • The sleeve not only forces patients to eat less, Dr. Gandsas says they also don't crave food as much because a big part of their stomach is gone, "This part of the stomach is in charge of producing a hormone called ghrelin, which is responsible for our appetite.

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  • Some of the talks are on topics completely new to me, like one on 'ghrelin' - which sounds like something you'd find in a health food shop - but I'm sure all will become clear.

    Mind Hacks: January 2006 Archives

  • Another study, published last year in the journal Health Psychology, shows how mind-set can affect an individual's appetite and production of a gut peptide called ghrelin GREL-in, which is involved in the feeling of satisfaction after eating.

    Why Placebos Work Wonders

  • If you are lacking sleep, the hormone that increases your appetite -- called ghrelin -- increases.

    Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D.: Are Your Weight Issues Tied to Insulin Resistance?

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