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melatonin

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noun mel·a·to·nin \ˌme-lə-ˈtō-nən\

Definition of melatonin

  1. :  a vertebrate hormone that is derived from serotonin, is secreted by the pineal gland especially in response to darkness, and has been linked to the regulation of circadian rhythms



Origin of melatonin

Greek melas black + -tonin (as in serotonin)


First Known Use: 1958


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melatonin

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noun mel·a·to·nin \ˌmel-ə-ˈtō-nən\

Medical Definition of melatonin

  1. :  a vertebrate hormone C13H16N2O2 that is derived from serotonin, is secreted by the pineal gland especially in response to darkness, and has been linked to the regulation of circadian rhythms




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