orexin

noun

orex·​in ə-ˈrek-sən How to pronounce orexin (audio)
: either of two neuropeptides ( orexin A and orexin B ) that are produced in the hypothalamus and play a role in regulating wakefulness and food intake
Scientists have known for almost a decade that narcolepsy is caused by a dearth of a brain communication chemical called orexin.Laura Sanders, Science News
The new sleep aids block the activity of brain peptides called orexins.Christine Soares, Scientific American

called also hypocretin

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“Orexin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/orexin. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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