Complete Definition of "histamine"

English
Etymology
From histidine + amine.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËhɪstÉmiËn/

Noun
en-noun

  1. biochemistry An amine, C<sub>5</sub>H<sub>9</sub>N<sub>3</sub>, formed by decarboxylation of histidine, that causes dilatation of capillaries, contraction of smooth muscle, and stimulation of gastric acid secretion; it is released during allergic reactions.

#*2001: The intake of food triggers a release of histamine, which activates the acid-secreting cells. â Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 46)

Translations
Finnish: histamiini

Category:Neurotransmitters

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