What does insulin mean?

Definitions for insulinˈɪn sə lɪn, ˈɪns yə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insulin(noun)

    hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells


  1. insulin(Noun)

    A polypeptide hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism.


  1. Insulin

    Insulin is a peptide hormone, produced by beta cells of the pancreas, and is central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells in the liver, skeletal muscles, and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood. In the liver and skeletal muscles, glucose is stored as glycogen, and in fat cells it is stored as triglycerides. Insulin stops the use of fat as an energy source by inhibiting the release of glucagon. With the exception of the metabolic disorder diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome, insulin is provided within the body in a constant proportion to remove excess glucose from the blood, which otherwise would be toxic. When blood glucose levels fall below a certain level, the body begins to use stored sugar as an energy source through glycogenolysis, which breaks down the glycogen stored in the liver and muscles into glucose, which can then be utilized as an energy source. As a central metabolic control mechanism, its status is also used as a control signal to other body systems. In addition, it has several other anabolic effects throughout the body. When control of insulin levels fails, diabetes mellitus can result. As a consequence, insulin is used medically to treat some forms of diabetes mellitus. Patients with type 1 diabetes depend on external insulin for their survival because the hormone is no longer produced internally. Patients with type 2 diabetes are often insulin resistant and, because of such resistance, may suffer from a "relative" insulin deficiency. Some patients with type 2 diabetes may eventually require insulin if other medications fail to control blood glucose levels adequately. Over 40% of those with Type 2 diabetes require insulin as part of their diabetes management plan.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Insulin

    A 51-amino acid pancreatic hormone that plays a major role in the regulation of glucose metabolism, directly by suppressing endogenous glucose production (GLYCOGENOLYSIS; GLUCONEOGENESIS) and indirectly by suppressing GLUCAGON secretion and LIPOLYSIS. Native insulin is a globular protein comprised of a zinc-coordinated hexamer. Each insulin monomer containing two chains, A (21 residues) and B (30 residues), linked by two disulfide bonds. Insulin is used as a drug to control insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (DIABETES MELLITUS, TYPE 1).

Editors Contribution

  1. insulin

    A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.

    The lack of insulin causes a form of Diabetes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insulin in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insulin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Van Cauter:

    Obesity is the major cause of insulin resistance, insulin resistance could also result from an activation of stress-responsive pathways which tend to antagonize the action of insulin.

  2. De Felice:

    It is important to control blood sugar levels and fight against insulin resistance with adequate diet, exercise and medication as directed by your doctor, but do not use insulin just to prevent memory decline.

  3. Danny Chou:

    We hope that smart insulin could reduce the burden for people with diabetes by decreasing the frequency of insulin injections and help them better manage blood glucose profiles to prevent short and long-term complications.

  4. Aaron White:

    Alcohol increases insulin levels and lowers blood glucose, so combining alcohol with anti-diabetic drugs that regulate glucose levels could cause an undesirable drop in blood sugar. And, over time, it could contribute to insulin insensitivity, our findings highlight a major gap in the literature.

  5. Zhen Gu:

    Basically we developed this kind of so-called smart insulin patch, which can sense the blood sugar level and release insulin at the right time only once the blood sugar goes up. And the insulin can be quickly released from the patch. And meanwhile once the blood sugar level goes to a normal range, less insulin is released or is just inhibited. Basically this kind of smart insulin patch is not only smart, it is also painless.

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