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scotophobin

[ skoh-tuh-foh-bin ]
/ ˌskoʊ təˈfoʊ bɪn /
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noun
a peptide isolated from the brains of rats conditioned to avoid darkness, alleged to induce a dark-avoidance response in untrained rats, mice, and other animals.
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Origin of scotophobin

First recorded in 1965–70; scotophob(ia) + -in2

OTHER WORDS FROM scotophobin

sco·to·pho·bic, adjective
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