hormone

noun hor·mone \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of hormone

1 : a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (such 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

hormonelike

play \ˈhȯr-ˌmōn-ˌlīk\ adjective

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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


HORMONE Defined for English Language Learners

hormone

noun

Definition of hormone for English Language Learners

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


HORMONE Defined for Kids

hormone

noun hor·mone \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn \

Definition of hormone for Students

: 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

noun hor·mone \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn \

medical Definition of hormone

1 a : 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 HarderScience News18 May 2002
b : a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone
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 McLeodCooking LightApril 2000

hormonelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


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