[ aw-tuh-koid ]
/ ˈɔ təˌkɔɪd /
any physiologically active internal secretion, especially one of uncertain classification, as histamine or prostaglandin.
Words nearby autacoid
OTHER WORDS FROM autacoidau·ta·coi·dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for autacoid
/ (ˈɔːtəˌkɔɪd) /
physiol any natural internal secretion, esp one that exerts an effect similar to a drug
Word Origin for autacoid
C20: from auto- + Greek akos cure + -oid
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Medicine definitions for autacoid
An organic substance, such as a hormone, produced in one part of an organism and transported by the blood or lymph to another part of the organism where it exerts a physiologic effect on that part.
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