endorphin
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary endogenous + morphine Date: 1976 any of a group of endogenous peptides (as enkephalin) found especially in the brain that bind chiefly to opiate receptors and produce some pharmacological effects (as pain relief) like those of opiates; specifically beta-endorphin

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  • Endorphin — Endorphin …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Endorphin — ist eine Wortkreuzung aus „endogenes Morphin“, vom Körper selbst produziertes Opioid. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Entdeckungsgeschichte 2 Chemie 3 Physiologie 4 Wirkung, Rezeptoren …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • endorphin — 1975, from Fr. endorphine, from endogène endogenous, growing within (see ENDO (Cf. endo ) + GENUS (Cf. genus)) + (mo)rphine …   Etymology dictionary

  • endorphin — ► NOUN ▪ any of a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system and causing an analgesic effect. ORIGIN blend of ENDOGENOUS(Cf. ↑E) and MORPHINE(Cf. ↑morphine) …   English terms dictionary

  • endorphin — [en dôr′fin] n. any of several peptides secreted in the brain that have a pain relieving effect like that of morphine …   English World dictionary

  • Endorphin — protein Name=proopiomelanocortin (adrenocorticotropin/ beta lipotropin/ alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone/ beta melanocyte stimulating hormone/ beta endorphin) caption= width= HGNCid=9201 Symbol=POMC AltSymbols= EntrezGene=5443 OMIM=176830… …   Wikipedia

  • Endorphin — One of the body s own painkillers, an opioid (morphine like) chemical produced by the body that serves to suppress pain. Endorphins are manufactured in the brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of the body. They are released in response to… …   Medical dictionary

  • endorphin — /en dawr fin/, n. any of a group of peptides occurring in the brain and other tissues of vertebrates, and resembling opiates, that react with the brain s opiate receptors to raise the pain threshold. [1970 75; end(ogenous) (m)orphine, with ine… …   Universalium

  • endorphin — UK [enˈdɔː(r)fɪn] / US [enˈdɔrfɪn] noun [countable] Word forms endorphin : singular endorphin plural endorphins medical a type of hormone produced in the body that reduces pain, especially when you are injured or physically tired …   English dictionary

  • endorphin — noun /ɛnˈdɔːfɪn/ Any of a group of peptide hormones found in the brain that act as neurotransmitters and have properties similar to morphine …   Wiktionary

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