autacoid

[ aw-tuh-koid ]

nounPhysiology.
  1. any physiologically active internal secretion, especially one of uncertain classification, as histamine or prostaglandin.

Origin of autacoid

1
1910–15; aut- + Greek ák(os) remedy + -oid

Other words from autacoid

  • au·ta·coi·dal, adjective

Words Nearby autacoid

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British Dictionary definitions for autacoid

autacoid

/ (ˈɔːtəˌkɔɪd) /


noun
  1. physiol any natural internal secretion, esp one that exerts an effect similar to a drug

Origin of autacoid

1
C20: from auto- + Greek akos cure + -oid

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