[lep-tin] /ˈlɛp tɪn/

a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.
a protein, produced by fat cells in the body, that acts on the brain to regulate the amount of additional fat laid down in the body

a protein produced by fat cells and involved in regulating food intake and fat storage in the body
Word Origin

1995-2000; < Gk leptos thin leptin (lěp'tĭn') A peptide hormone and neurotransmitter produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of appetite.


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