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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


pancreatic polypeptide  listen  (PAN-kree-A-tik PAH-lee-PEP-tide)

  A small protein made by the pancreas that helps control the release of other substances made by the pancreas. The amount of pancreatic polypeptide in the blood increases after a person eats. It may also increase with age, and in certain diseases, such as diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Also called PP.