Enkephalin meaning

ĕn-kĕfə-lĭn
Either of two closely related pentapeptides having opiate qualities and occurring in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body.
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An endorphin that occurs at nerve endings and may serve as a neurotransmitter.
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Either of two closely related pentapeptides having opiate qualities and occurring in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body.
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(biochemistry) Any of a group of pentapeptide endorphins that have opiate-like effects.
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Origin of enkephalin

  • Greek enkephalos in the head (en- in en in Indo-European roots) (kephalē head ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots) –in

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

  • From Ancient Greek ἐγκέϕαλος (enkeϕalos, “brain”) +‎ -in.

    From Wiktionary