beta-endorphin

[ bey-tuh-en-dawr-fin or, especially British, bee- ]
/ ˌbeɪ tə ɛnˈdɔr fɪn or, especially British, ˌbi- /

noun

a potent endorphin released by the anterior pituitary gland in response to pain, trauma, exercise, or other forms of stress.

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Origin of beta-endorphin

First recorded in 1975–80
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Medical definitions for beta-endorphin

beta-endorphin

n.

An endorphin produced by the pituitary gland that is a potent pain suppressant.
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