n. natural chemical having opiate characteristics that is secreted in the brain and spinal cord and acts as painkiller (Biochemistry)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • endorphin — endomorphin; n. one of a group of chemical compounds, similar to the encephalins, that occur naturally in the brain and have pain relieving properties similar to those of the opiates. They are also responsible for sensations of pleasure. The… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • neuropeptide — /njuroʊˈpɛptaɪd/ (say nyoohroh peptuyd) noun any of various peptides found in neural tissue, as endorphins or encephalins …   Australian English dictionary

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