vasopressin

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noun va·so·pres·sin \ˌvā-zō-ˈpre-sən\

Definition of vasopressin

  1. :  a polypeptide hormone secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland or obtained synthetically that increases blood pressure and decreases urine flow —called also antidiuretic hormone

Origin and Etymology of vasopressin

from Vasopressin, a trademark


First Known Use: 1927


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vasopressin

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noun va·so·pres·sin \ˌvā-zō-ˈpres-ən\

Medical Definition of vasopressin

  1. :  a polypeptide hormone that is secreted together with oxytocin by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, is also obtained synthetically, and increases blood pressure and exerts an antidiuretic effect—called also antidiuretic hormone, beta-hypophamine; see arginine vasopressin, lysine vasopressin, pitressin


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