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vasopressin

[ vas-oh-pres-in ]
/ ˌvæs oʊˈprɛs ɪn /
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noun

Biochemistry. a peptide hormone, synthesized in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland, that stimulates capillary muscles and reduces the flow of urine and increases its concentration.
Pharmacology. a synthetic preparation of this hormone, used as an antidiuretic in the treatment of diabetes insipidus.

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Also called antidiuretic hormone, ADH.

Origin of vasopressin

First recorded in 1928; originally trademark
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British Dictionary definitions for vasopressin

vasopressin
/ (ˌveɪzəʊˈprɛsɪn) /

noun

a polypeptide hormone secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland. It increases the reabsorption of water by the kidney tubules and increases blood pressure by constricting the arteriesAlso called: antidiuretic hormone Chemical name: beta-hypophamine Compare oxytocin

Word Origin for vasopressin

from Vasopressin, a trademark
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Medical definitions for vasopressin

vasopressin
[ vā′zō-prĕsĭn ]

n.

A hormone, related to oxytocin, that is secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, constricts blood vessels, raises blood pressure, stimulates intestinal motility, and reduces the excretion of urine.antidiuretic hormone
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Scientific definitions for vasopressin

vasopressin
[ vā′zō-prĕsĭn ]

See antidiuretic hormone.
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