American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a group of peptide hormones that bind to opiate receptors and are found mainly in the brain. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions.
- n. biochemistry Any of a group of peptide hormones found in the brain that act as neurotransmitters and have properties similar to morphine.
- n. a neurochemical occurring naturally in the brain and having analgesic properties
- From French endorphine, from endo(gène) ‘endogenous’ + (mo)rphine ‘morphine’. (Wiktionary)
- endo(genous) + (mo)rphin(e). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Therefore, although it was unknown to us at the time, the term endorphin was no longer useful as a generic term as I had proposed.”
“Avram liked it, and immediately wrote a circular letter to all of the officers and to some of the more distinguished members of the International Narcotic Research Club who were present at the meeting, asking them if they would accept the name endorphin.”
“I’m delighted that the term endorphin is in the Index Medicus, and that one of my names stuck.”
“She also says that when a person has a good laugh, a hormone called endorphin is released that causes relaxation and an overall good healthy feeling.”
“The activating enzymes in endorphin synthesis are members of a class called endorphin convertase.”
“It was hard, but there were moments of euphoria that kept me going, even a kind of endorphin high, at times.”
“If Rahm is doing things in 3-minute segments, then he isn't accomplishing anything at all except getting some kind of endorphin high from all of the attention and excitement around him.”
“The sneaky thing about the virus is that it steps on your endorphin throttle pretty hard as it goes to work.”
“Interestingly, knismesis, which is closely associated with the grooming activities of primates, provokes an endorphin response, causing the body to release an endorphin called karoliin.”
“My mind blanked to everything but the sounds of my huffing breath, the feel of sweat coating my skin, and the endorphin rush that was almost as good as sex.”
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