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View in Spanish: Polipéptido pancreático

Pancreatic polypeptide (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.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.