Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of two closely related pentapeptides having opiate qualities and occurring in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body.

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  • noun biochemistry Any of a group of pentapeptide endorphins that have opiate-like effects

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  • noun an endorphin having opiate qualities that occurs in the brain and spinal cord and elsewhere

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek enkephalos, in the head (en-, in; see en in Indo-European roots + kephalē, head; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots) + –in.]

Examples

  • The principal objection came from Hughes and Kosterlitz, who preferred the term enkephalin.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • The principal objection came from Hughes and Kosterlitz, who preferred the term enkephalin.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • The activating enzymes are members of a class called enkephalin convertase.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • Although the effects of alcohol and TIQs on the brain appear to be similar to that of enkephalin, that is, they activate opiate receptors, it is probable that other neurotransmitters and other receptors are involved as well.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • The activating enzymes are members of a class called enkephalin convertase.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • Although the effects of alcohol and TIQs on the brain appear to be similar to that of enkephalin, that is, they activate opiate receptors, it is probable that other neurotransmitters and other receptors are involved as well.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • One of the milestones in the history of neuroscience research was the discovery of 'enkephalin' by John Hughes and Hans Kosterlitz.

    Media Newswire

  • William Frey II, a biochemist at the St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis, found that tears aren't just salt water; they contain leucine enkephalin, an endorphin that modulates pain, and hormones such as prolactin and adrenocorticotropic hormone, released at times of stress.

    Brooke Siler: Stress Relief: Why Crying Supports Emotional Wellness

  • William Frey II, a biochemist at the St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis, found that tears aren't just salt water; they contain leucine enkephalin, an endorphin that modulates pain, and hormones such as prolactin and adrenocorticotropic hormone, released at times of stress.

    Brooke Siler: Stress Relief: Why Crying Supports Emotional Wellness

  • Increasing of the enkephalin supply by direct administration of enkephalins reduces voluntary alcohol intake in alcohol-preferring animals.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

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