adrenaline

[uh-dren-l-in, -een]
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Origin of adrenaline

First recorded in 1900–05; adrenal + -ine1
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caffeine, morphine, stress, anxiety

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British Dictionary definitions for adrenaline

adrenaline

adrenalin

noun
  1. a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress and increases heart rate, pulse rate, and blood pressure, and raises the blood levels of glucose and lipids. It is extracted from animals or synthesized for such medical uses as the treatment of asthma. Chemical name: aminohydroxyphenylpropionic acid; formula: C 9 H 13 NO 3US name: epinephrine
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Word Origin and History for adrenaline
n.

also Adrenalin (trademark name), coined 1901 by Japanese chemist Jokichi Takamine (1853-1922), who discovered it, from Modern Latin adrenal (see adrenal) + chemical suffix -ine (2). Adrenaline rush was in use c.1970.

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adrenaline in Medicine

adrenaline

[ə-drĕnə-lĭn]
n.
  1. epinephrine
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adrenaline in Science

adrenaline

[ə-drĕnə-lĭn]
  1. See epinephrine.
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adrenaline in Culture

adrenaline

[(uh-dren-l-in)]

A hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that helps the body meet physical or emotional stress (see endocrine system).

Note

Adrenaline plays a very large role in the fight or flight reaction, which refers to the various processes that occur within the body when it is confronted with some form of mental or physical stress.

Note

Figuratively, the term adrenaline is used in speaking of a high state of excitement: “When the race began, the adrenaline really started pumping.”
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