autacoid
noun Etymology: aut- + Greek akos remedy; probably akin to Old Irish ícc cure Date: 1914 a physiologically active substance (as serotonin, bradykinin, or angiotensin) produced by and acting within the body

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  • autacoid — n. 1. 1 any physiologically active internal secretion, especially one of uncertain classification. Syn: autocoid. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autacoid — [ôt′ə koid΄] n. [ AUT(O) + Gr akos, cure, remedy + OID] 1. HORMONE 2. any of a group of natural biochemicals, as serotonin, angiotensin, or histamine, that activate changes in the blood, nerves, etc., similar to those caused by drugs …   English World dictionary

  • autacoid — autacoidal, adj. /aw teuh koyd /, n. Physiol. any physiologically active internal secretion, esp. one of uncertain classification, as histamine or prostaglandin. [1910 15; AUT + Gk ák(os) remedy + OID] * * * …   Universalium

  • autacoid — noun A hormone or similar compound See Also: autocoidal, acology …   Wiktionary

  • autacoid — SYN: autocoid. [aut + G. akos, relief, resource] * * * au·ta·coid ȯt ə .kȯid n a physiologically active substance (as a serotonin, bradykinin, or angiotensin) produced by and acting within the body * * * au·ta·coid (awґtə koid) [aut + Gr.… …   Medical dictionary

  • autacoid — n. hormone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autacoid — au·ta·coid …   English syllables

  • autacoid — /ˈɔtəkɔɪd/ (say awtuhkoyd) noun a substance secreted by one organ into the bloodstream or lymph, and controlling organic processes elsewhere in the body; a hormone. {aut + Greek akos remedy + oid} …   Australian English dictionary

  • autacoid —   n. hormone.    ♦ autacoidal, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • autacoid — noun any physiologically active internal secretion especially one of uncertain classification • Syn: ↑autocoid • Derivationally related forms: ↑autacoidal • Hypernyms: ↑secretion • Hyponyms: ↑prostaglandin …   Useful english dictionary

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