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hormone

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noun hor·mone \ˈhȯr-ˌmōn\

Simple Definition of hormone

  • : a natural substance that is produced in the body and that influences the way the body grows or develops

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hormone

  1. 1 :  a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually remote from its point of origin; also :  a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone

  2. 2 :  sex hormone

hormonelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of hormone

Greek hormōn, present participle of horman to stir up, from hormē impulse, assault; akin to Greek ornynai to rouse — more at rise


First Known Use: 1905

Rhymes with hormone

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HORMONE Defined for Kids

hormone

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noun hor·mone \ˈhȯr-ˌmōn\

Definition of hormone for Students

  1. :  any of various chemical substances produced by body cells and released especially into the blood and having a specific effect on cells or organs of the body usually at a distance from the place of origin




Medical Dictionary

hormone

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noun hor·mone \ˈhȯr-ˌmōn\

Medical Definition of hormone

  1. 1a:  a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually a distance from its point of synthesis <Some people develop insulin resistance, a condition in which response to the hormone is muted and the body must produce excess insulin to maintain healthy blood-glucose concentrations.—Ben Harder, Science News, 18 May 2002>b:  a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone

  2. 2:  sex hormone <I discovered I had the classic signs of perimenopause, the prelude to “the change” when hormones yo-yo before menstrual periods cease altogether …—Beth Witrogen McLeod, Cooking Light, April 2000>

hormonelike

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