from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A term introduced by J. J. Abel to designate the active blood-pressure raising principle of the adrenal glands. See also adrenalin.
  • noun The proprietary name of a preparation made from the suprarenal capsule, which possesses marked hemostatic properties.

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  • noun a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action


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  • a substance known as "epinephrin" secreted by the glands located just above the kidneys which is thrown into the blood stream and which raises the blood pressure of the mother and often produces not only colic in the babe, but many times throws him into severe convulsions.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • It actually stimulates the nerve cell bundles to release a particular group of neurotransmitters titled catecholamines, these include intropin, epinephrin (formally titled adrenalin), and nor adrenaline (nor adrenalin).

    Horses Mouth April 17, 2007 10:06 AM

  • For those of you fortunate enough to not have to know what an epi-pen is, it is basically a sealed, one-time use hypodermic filled with epinephrin.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Determine and remove the cause (e.g. insect sting, drug). epinephrin (adrenaline):

    Chapter 6

  • If the reaction is severe, or if coma or convulsions occur, epinephrin or intravenous glucose should be given.

    Frederick G. Banting - Nobel Lecture

  • The invariable lowering of the blood sugar which was observed to result from the administration of insulin in animals rendered diabetic by pancreatectomy, raised the question as to whether such would also occur in those forms of hyperglycaemia which can be induced by other experimental procedures, such as the injection of epinephrin, piqûre, or asphyxia.

    John Macleod - Nobel Lecture

  • At the same time it was found that neither piqûre, nor epinephrin, nor asphyxia caused any hyperglycaemia in rabbits in which, as a result of injection with insulin, the blood sugar was at a low level to start with.

    John Macleod - Nobel Lecture

  • Overheating, irritability, and sudden anger, almost invariably tend to raise the blood-pressure, which means the entry into the blood stream of an increased amount of epinephrin, which disturbs the baby greatly, often throwing him into convulsions or other sudden, acute illness.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • These integrations stimulate the brain-cells, the ductless glands, and other parts, and the energizing secretions, among which are epinephrin, thyroid and hypophyseal secretions, are thrown into the blood-stream, while that most available fuel, glycogen, is also mobilized in the blood.

    The Origin and Nature of the Emotions: Miscellaneous Papers

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    Rational Review


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