enkephalin

noun
en·​keph·​a·​lin | \ in-ˈke-fə-lən How to pronounce enkephalin (audio) , -(ˌ)lin, en- \

Definition of enkephalin

: either of two pentapeptides with opiate and analgesic activity that occur naturally especially in the brain and have a marked affinity for opiate receptors — compare endorphin

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Recent Examples on the Web During that time, your body tends to produce less endorphins and enkephalins, which are natural pain-killers, than at any other time of day, according to the National Headache Foundation. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Causes of Morning Headaches," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of enkephalin

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enkephalin

enkephal- (alteration of encephal-) + -in

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“Enkephalin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enkephalin. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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enkephalin

noun
en·​keph·​a·​lin | \ in-ˈkef-ə-lən, -(ˌ)lin How to pronounce enkephalin (audio) \

Medical Definition of enkephalin

: either of two pentapeptide endorphins:

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