Meaning of kisspeptin in English:


Pronunciation /kɪsˈpɛptɪn/


  • A hormone that is involved in the onset of puberty and also acts to suppress metastasis in melanoma and breast cancer.


Early 21st century from KISS-1 (the gene that encodes kisspeptin, named by adding Ki- to the initials of ‘suppressor sequence’ in allusion to Hershey's Kisses, proprietary name of a type of chocolate made in the city of Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the gene was discovered) + pept- (from peptide) + -in.