Pronunciation: (kī'nin, kin'in), [key]
2. any of a group of hormones, formed in body tissues, that cause dilation of blood vessels and influence capillary permeability.
a combining form used in the names of hormones, esp. peptide hormones: bradykinin; cytokinin.
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