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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-luh-sis-tuh-kahy-nin, kol-uh-]
    • /ˌkoʊ ləˌsɪs təˈkaɪ nɪn, ˌkɒl ə-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-luh-sis-tuh-kahy-nin, kol-uh-]
    • /ˌkoʊ ləˌsɪs təˈkaɪ nɪn, ˌkɒl ə-/

Definitions of cholecystokinin word

  • noun cholecystokinin a hormone secreted by duodenal cells that stimulates the contraction of the gall bladder and secretion of pancreatic enzymes 3
  • noun cholecystokinin a polypeptide hormone secreted by the upper intestinal lining, that activates the gallbladder and pancreas: its presence in the brain is associated with loss of appetite 3
  • noun cholecystokinin a hormone secreted by the upper portion of the intestine that stimulates contraction of the gallbladder and increases secretion of pancreatic juice. Abbreviation: CCK. 1
  • noun cholecystokinin A hormone that is secreted by cells in the duodenum and stimulates the release of bile into the intestine and the secretion of enzymes by the pancreas. 1
  • noun cholecystokinin (biochemistry) Any of several peptide hormones that stimulate the digestion of fat and protein; abbreviated to CCK. 0

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Origin of cholecystokinin

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30; cholecyst + -o- + -kinin

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cholecystokinin popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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