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oxytocin

[ok-si-toh-suh n] /ˌɒk sɪˈtoʊ sən/
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a polypeptide hormone, produced by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, that stimulates contraction of the smooth muscle of the uterus.
2.
Pharmacology. a commercial form of this substance, obtained from beef and hog pituitary glands or especially by synthesis, and used chiefly in obstetrics to induce labor and to control postnatal hemorrhage.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; oxytoc(ic) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for oxytocin

oxytocin

/ˌɒksɪˈtəʊsɪn/
noun
1.
a polypeptide hormone, secreted by the pituitary gland, that stimulates contractions of the uterus or oviduct and ejection of milk in mammals; alphahypophame: used therapeutically for aiding childbirth. Formula: C43H68N12O12S2 Compare vasopressin
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oxytocin in Medicine

oxytocin ox·y·to·cin (ŏk'sĭ-tō'sĭn)
n.
A short polypeptide hormone that is released from the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland and stimulates the contraction of smooth muscle of the uterus during labor and facilitates release of milk from the breast during nursing.

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oxytocin in Science
oxytocin
  (ŏk'sĭ-tō'sĭn)   
A polypeptide hormone secreted by the posterior portion of the pituitary gland. Oxytocin stimulates the contraction of smooth muscle of the uterus during childbirth and facilitates ejection of milk from the mammary glands.
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Encyclopedia Article for oxytocin

hormone used clinically to help begin or to continue labour, to control bleeding following delivery, and to stimulate the secretion of breast milk. Oxytocin was first synthesized (along with the related antidiuretic hormone [ADH]) by Vincent du Vigneaud in 1953, and he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1955 for this work. Synthetic oxytocin has since become widely used in obstetric practice.

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