anandamide

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anandamide (əˈnændəˌmaɪd)
 
n
a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter found in the brains of mammals and in small quantities in the cocoa bean
 
[C20: from Sanskrit ananda bliss]

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Main Entry:  anandamide
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid chemical compound of the mammal brain which is released in response to pain; also called arachidonylethanolamine, N-arachidonoylethanolamine
Example:  Anandamide may play important roles in the regulation of mood, memory, appetite, and pain perception.
Etymology:  Sanskrit ananda "internal bliss"
Usage:  medicine
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