Definition of Angiotensin
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Angiotensin Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
1. any of several vasoconstrictor substances (trade name Hypertensin) that cause narrowing of blood vessels
(synonym) angiotonin, Hypertensin
(hypernym) vasoconstrictor, vasoconstrictive
(hyponym) angiotensin I
(classification) trade name, brand name, brand, marque
Angiotensin Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Aging Hearts and Arteries Glossary
A chemical that constricts blood vessels, which raises blood pressure.Source: National Institute on Aging
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
A family of peptides (smaller than proteins) that act as vasoconstrictors to narrow blood vessels.
Angiotensin Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Angiotensin is a peptide hormone that causes vasoconstriction and a subsequent increase in blood pressure. It is part of the renin-angiotensin system, which is a major target for drugs that lower blood pressure. Angiotensin also stimulates the release of aldosterone, another hormone, from the adrenal cortex. Aldosterone promotes sodium retention in the distal nephron, in the kidney, which also drives blood pressure up.
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