neu·​ro·​hor·​mone ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce neurohormone (audio)
: a hormone (such as acetylcholine or norepinephrine) produced by or acting on nervous tissue

Examples of neurohormone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oxytocin particularly is an important neurohormone for social bonding and this hormonal efficiency may lengthen the time a mother monkey takes care of her baby. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 1 June 2023 Stimulation of the nipples causes the hypothalamus to release oxytocin—a potent neurohormone that can enhance feelings of bonding and helps trigger the pleasurable contractions experienced during a woman's orgasm itself. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, 12 Jan. 2023 Decades ago, scientists suggested the queen-maker in this royal ambrosia might be a hormone or neurohormone, rather than a protein, but didn't find strong evidence to support those ideas. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2011 From Instant Gratification To Slow Release Buying a toy—a new watch or a new car or a new beach house—results in the instantaneous gratification monkey releasing a neurohormone called dopamine. Steve Davis, Forbes, 20 May 2022 The third was Roger Guillemin, who received his Nobel for research on neurohormones. Bradley J. Fikes,, 8 Sep. 2017

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1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurohormone was in 1935

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“Neurohormone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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neu·​ro·​hor·​mone ˌn(y)u̇r-ō-ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce neurohormone (audio)
: a hormone produced by or acting on nervous tissue

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neu·​ro·​hor·​mone -ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce neurohormone (audio)
: a hormone (as acetylcholine or norepinephrine) produced by or acting on nervous tissue

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