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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A polypeptide hormone that is secreted by fat cells and regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, especially by increasing insulin sensitivity and muscle uptake of glucose and by decreasing glucose production in the liver.

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  • noun biochemistry A protein hormone that modulates glucose regulation and fatty acid catabolism.

Etymologies

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

[Latin adeps, adip-, fat + Latin nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots + –in.]

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From adipo- (“fat”) +‎ nectin.

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