Etymology: From German Prostaglandin, corresponding to prostate, prosta(te) + gland + -in (because it was originally believed to be secreted from the prostate).
- (biochemistry) Any of a group of naturally occurring lipids derived from the C20 acid prostanoic acid; they have a number of physiological functions and may be considered to be hormones.
- 2001: This enzyme generates an inflammatory mediator known as , which triggers pain and other aspects of inflammation. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 51)
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