beta-endorphins

beta-endorphin

[bey-tuh-en-dawr-fin or, esp. British, bee-]
noun
a potent endorphin released by the anterior pituitary gland in response to pain, trauma, exercise, or other forms of stress.

Origin:
1975–80

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beta-endorphin n.
An endorphin produced by the pituitary gland that is a potent pain suppressant.

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