Definition of Endorphins

1. Noun. (plural of endorphin) ¹



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Definition of Endorphins

1. endorphin [n] - See also: endorphin

Medical Definition of Endorphins

1. One of the three major groups of endogenous opioid peptides. They are large peptides derived from the pro-opiomelanocortin precursor. The known members of this group are alpha-, beta-, and gamma-endorphin. The term endorphin is also sometimes used to refer to all opioid peptides, but the narrower sense is used here; opioid peptides is used for the broader group. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Endorphins

endoprotease
endoproteinase
endoproteinases
endorectal pull-through procedure
endoreduplication
endoreversible
endorheic
endorhiza
endorhizae
endorhizous
endoribonuclease
endoribonucleases
endoribonucleolytic
endorphin
endorphinergic
endorphins (current term)
endorrhachis
endorsable
endorsations
endorsed
endorsees
endorser
endorsers
endorses

Literary usage of Endorphins

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1. Drug Abuse and Drug Abuse Research (1991): The Third Triennial Report to edited by MaryLouise Embrey, Christine R. Hartel (1999)
"In little more than 15 years, researchers have progressed from an initial awareness of naturally occurring opiate-like substances—called endorphins—in the ..."

2. Reviews in Environmental Health (1998): Toxicological Defense Mechanics edited by Gary E. R. Hook, George W. Lucier (2000)
"... or between all three such as ß-endorphins and interferons. ... interferons, ACTH, endorphins, T cells, substance P, neurotransmitters, etc. ..."

3. Treatment of Opiate Addiction Using Methadone: A Counselor's Manual by Michael J. McCann, Richard A. Rawson, Jeanne L. Obert (1995)
"For your recovery, the most important reaction of all may be the body's increased production of endorphins. endorphins are naturally occurring chemicals ..."

4. Happy Food: Get Happy with Scrumptious, Mood-Enhancing Recipesby Marlisa Szwillus by Marlisa Szwillus (2001)
"... being as well as happy or euphoric feelings. When the endorphin level rises, it provides for a balanced psyche. Serotonin activates endorphins, while ..."

5. The Origin of Emotions: Version 1.0 by Mark Devon (2006)
"endorphins suppress pain if you are injured. Palms and feet sweat to give you better grip. You use the same principal when you lick your finger to turn a ..."

6. State Methadone Treatment Guidelines: A Treatment Improvement Protocol. by DIANE Publishing Company (1993)
"These findings have provided guides to scientific investigators in exploring the role of the endogenous opioids, or "endorphins" (ie, ..."

7. Praise Blue Skies by Tom White (2003)
"With chronic use, the brain may stop producing endorphins, natural painkilling chemicals. To feel good and avoid the effects of withdrawal, ..."

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