leukotriene
noun Date: 1979 any of a group of eicosanoids that participate in allergic responses (as bronchial constriction)

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  • Leukotriene — (von altgriechisch λευκός leukós „weiß“ und altgriechisch τρεῖς, τρία treis, tría „drei“) wurden in Leukozyten (weißen Blutkörperchen) entdeckt und sind chemisch von der Arachidonsäure, einer vierfach ungesättigten Fettsäure, abgeleitet …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Leukotriene —   [zu Leukozyt und Trien gebildet], Singular Leukotrien das, s, den Prostaglandinen nahe stehende Gewebshormone. Das in der Lunge und in den Leukozyten gebildete Leukotrien A geht rasch in die zu allergischen Reaktionen führenden Leukotrien C, D… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • leukotriene — [lo͞o΄kō trī′ēn΄, lo͞o΄kətrī′ēn΄] n. [ LEUKO (var. of LEUCO ) + TRI + ENE: it contains three double bonds] any of a group of compounds similar to the prostaglandins, which are released in the body when various cells are stimulated as by pollen,… …   English World dictionary

  • Leukotriene — Leukotrienes are naturally produced eicosanoid lipid mediators, which may be responsible for the effects of an inflammatory response. Leukotrienes use both autocrine signalling and paracrine signalling to regulate the body s response.… …   Wikipedia

  • leukotriene — /looh keuh truy een/, n. Biochem. a lipid, C20H30O3, produced by white blood cells in an immune response to antigens, that contributes to allergic asthma and inflammatory reactions. [1975 80; LEUKO + TRIENE] * * * …   Universalium

  • leukotriene — noun Any of several physiologically active lipids, related to the prostaglandins, that participate in allergic responses …   Wiktionary

  • leukotriene — leu·ko·tri·ene .lü kə trī .ēn n any of a group of eicosanoids that are generated in basophils, mast cells, macrophages, and human lung tissue by lipoxygenase catalyzed oxygenation esp. of arachidonic acid and that participate in allergic… …   Medical dictionary

  • leukotriene — [ˌlu:kə(ʊ) trʌɪi:n] noun Biochemistry any of a group of biologically active compounds produced in the body from arachidonic acid. Origin from leuko (because orig. isolated from leucocytes) + triene …   English new terms dictionary

  • leukotriene — leu·ko·tri·ene …   English syllables

  • leukotriene — n. one of a class of powerful chemical agents synthesized from arachidonic acid by mast cells, basophils, macrophages, and various other tissues. Leukotrienes are involved in inflammatory reactions and the immune response: they increase the… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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