[ih-rith-roh-poi-i-tn, -poi-eet-n] /ɪˌrɪθ roʊˈpɔɪ ɪ tn, -pɔɪˈit n/

noun, Biochemistry.
a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the bone marrow, synthesized in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues.
a hormone, secreted by the kidney in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues, that increases the rate of erythropoiesis. It has been used as a performance-enhancing drug for athletes and racehorses EPO

erythropoietin e·ryth·ro·poi·e·tin (ĭ-rĭth’rō-poi-ē’tĭn)
A glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells by bone marrow.
A glycoprotein hormone, secreted mostly by the kidneys in adults and the liver in children, that stimulates stem cells in the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.


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