beta-endorphin

noun
be·ta-en·dor·phin | \ ˈbā-tə-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, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about beta-endorphin

Share beta-endorphin

Statistics for beta-endorphin

Last Updated

21 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for beta-endorphin

The first known use of beta-endorphin was in 1976

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for beta-endorphin

beta-endorphin

noun
be·ta-en·dor·phin
variants: or β-endorphin \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

More from Merriam-Webster on beta-endorphin

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about beta-endorphin

Comments on beta-endorphin

What made you want to look up beta-endorphin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!