oxytocin

noun oxy·to·cin \ ˌäk-si-ˈtō-sᵊn \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of oxytocin

: a pituitary octapeptide hormone C43H66N12O12S2 that stimulates especially the contraction of uterine muscle and the secretion of milk

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Origin and Etymology of oxytocin

International Scientific Vocabulary, from oxytocic


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oxytocin

noun oxy·to·cin \ -ˈtōs-ᵊn \

medical Definition of oxytocin

1 : an octapeptide hormone C43H66N12O12S2 secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulates especially the contraction of uterine muscle and the secretion of milk called also alpha-hypophamine
2 : a synthetic version of oxytocin used especially to initiate or increase uterine contractions (as in the induction of labor) — see pitocin

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