Enkephalin Definition

ĕn-kĕfə-lĭn
noun
Either of two closely related pentapeptides having opiate qualities and occurring in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body.
American Heritage Medicine
An endorphin that occurs at nerve endings and may serve as a neurotransmitter.
Webster's New World

(biochemistry) Any of a group of pentapeptide endorphins that have opiate-like effects.

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Other Word Forms of Enkephalin

Noun

Singular:
enkephalin
Plural:
enkephalins

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

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