Endorphin meaning

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Any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opiate receptors and act as neurotransmitters. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions.
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Any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opiate receptors and act as neurotransmitters. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions.
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Any of several peptides secreted in the brain that have a pain-relieving effect like that of morphine.
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Any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opioid receptors and act as neurotransmitters. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions.
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Any of a group of peptide substances secreted by the anterior portion of the pituitary gland that inhibit the perception of painful stimuli. Endorphins act as neurotransmitters in the pain pathways of the brain and spinal cord. Narcotic drugs may stimulate the secretion of endorphins.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of peptide hormones found in the brain that act as neurotransmitters and have properties similar to morphine.
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Origin of endorphin

  • endo(genous) (mo)rphin(e)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • endo(genous) (mo)rphin(e)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French endorphine, from endo(gène) ‘endogenous’ + (mo)rphine ‘morphine’.

    From Wiktionary