- Biochemistry. a hormone that stimulates production of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the bone marrow, released in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues.
- a synthetic form of this hormone, used as a performance-enhancing drug.
- a hormone, secreted by the kidney in response to low levels of oxygen in the tissues, that increases the rate of erythropoiesis. It has been used as a performance-enhancing drug for athletes and racehorsesAbbreviation: EPO
- A glycoprotein hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells by bone marrow.
- Epoetin alfa.
- A glycoprotein hormone, secreted mostly by the kidneys in adults and the liver in children, that stimulates stem cells in the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.