One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A protein whose presence in the blood promotes aldosterone secretion and tends to raise blood pressure.
- ‘Moller and colleagues, for example, recently found increased angiotensin II and aldosterone in patients with sleep apnea.’
- ‘In fact, ANP also lowers renin secretion by the kidneys thus lowering circulating angiotensin II levels.’
- ‘One example is the antihypertensive effect of dietary peptides derived from milk protein, mediated by angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition.’
- ‘Among the drugs most widely employed used to lower blood pressure are the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors.’
- ‘The hypotensive response to captopril is accompanied by a decrease in plasma aldosterone and angiotensin II levels and an increase in plasma renin levels.’
1950s: from angio- + ( hyper)tens(ion) + -in.
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