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

  • noun A proteinase of high specificity that is released by the kidney and acts to raise blood pressure by activating angiotensin.

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  • noun biochemistry An circulating enzyme released by mammalian kidneys that converts angiotensinogen to angiotensin-I. Because its activity ultimately leads to formation of angiotensin-II and aldosterone, this hormone plays a role in maintaining blood pressure.

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

  • noun a proteolytic enzyme secreted by the kidneys; catalyzes the formation of angiotensin and thus affects blood pressure

Etymologies

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

[Latin rēnēs, kidneys + –in.]

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