Definition of angiotensin in English:



mass nounBiochemistry
  • 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.