beta-endorphin

noun be·ta-en·dor·phin \ -en-ˈdȯr-fən \

Definition of beta-endorphin

: an endorphin of the pituitary gland having a much greater analgesic potency than morphine

First Known Use of beta-endorphin

1976

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beta-endorphin

noun be·ta-en·dor·phin
variants: or β-endorphin play \ˌbāt-ə-en-ˈdȯr-fən, chiefly British ˌbē-tə-\

medical Definition of beta-endorphin

: an endorphin of the pituitary gland with much greater analgesic potency than morphine that occurs free and as the terminal sequence of 31 amino acids in the polypeptide chain of beta-lipotropin

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