[kat-i-kol-uh-meen, -koh-luh-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. any of a group of chemically related neurotransmitters, as epinephrine and dopamine, that have similar effects on the sympathetic nervous system.

Origin of catecholamine

First recorded in 1950–55; catechol + -amine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for catecholamine


  1. any of a group of hormones that are catechol derivatives, esp adrenaline and noradrenaline

Word Origin for catecholamine

C20: from catechu + -ol 1 + amine
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Word Origin and History for catecholamine

type of hormone, from catechol (1880), from catechu, 17c. name for an astringent substance used in medicines, dyeing, etc., which apparently is from Malay kachu.

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catecholamine in Medicine


[kăt′ĭ-kōlə-mēn′, -kô-]
  1. Any of a group of amines composed of a pyrocatechol molecule and the aliphatic portion of an amine that have important physiological effects as neurotransmitters and hormones, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and L-dopa.
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catecholamine in Science


[kăt′ĭ-kōlə-mēn′, -kô′-]
  1. Any of a group of amines derived from catechol that have important physiological effects as neurotransmitters and hormones and include epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
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