melatonin

noun mel·a·to·nin \ ˌme-lə-ˈtō-nən \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of melatonin

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of melatonin

Greek melas black + -tonin (as in serotonin)


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melatonin

noun mel·a·to·nin \ ˌmel-ə-ˈtō-nən \

medical Definition of melatonin

: 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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