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endorphin

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noun en·dor·phin \en-ˈdȯr-fən\

Definition of endorphin

  1. :  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



Origin of endorphin

International Scientific Vocabulary endogenous + metersorphine


First Known Use: 1976


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endorphin

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noun en·dor·phin \en-ˈdȯr-fən\

Medical Definition of endorphin

  1. :  any of a group of endogenous peptides (as enkephalin and dynorphin) found especially in the brain that bind chiefly to opiate receptors and produce some of the same pharmacological effects (as pain relief) as those of opiates; specifically :  beta-endorphin




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