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catecholamine

[kat-i-kol-uh-meen, -koh-luh-] /ˌkæt ɪˈkɒl əˌmin, -ˈkoʊ lə-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of a group of chemically related neurotransmitters, as epinephrine and dopamine, that have similar effects on the sympathetic nervous system.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; catechol + -amine
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British Dictionary definitions for catecholamine

catecholamine

/ˌkætəˈkɒləˌmiːn/
noun
1.
any of a group of hormones that are catechol derivatives, esp adrenaline and noradrenaline
Word Origin
C20: from catechu + -ol1 + amine
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Word Origin and History for catecholamine
n.

type of hormone, from catechol (1880), from catechu, 17c. name for an astringent substance used in medicines, dyeing, etc., which apparently is from Malay kachu.

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catecholamine in Medicine

catecholamine cat·e·cho·la·mine (kāt'ĭ-kō'lə-mēn', -kô'-)
n.
Any of a group of amines composed of a pyrocatechol molecule and the aliphatic portion of an amine that have important physiological effects as neurotransmitters and hormones, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and L-dopa.

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catecholamine in Science
catecholamine
  (kāt'ĭ-kō'lə-mēn', -kô'-)   
Any of a group of amines derived from catechol that have important physiological effects as neurotransmitters and hormones and include epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
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