Definition of melatonin in English:

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melatonin

Pronunciation: /ˌmɛləˈtəʊnɪn/

noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A hormone secreted by the pineal gland which inhibits melanin formation and is thought to be concerned with regulating the reproductive cycle.
Example sentences
  • The pineal gland hormone, melatonin, is one of the endproducts regulated by the circadian system.
  • Delaying sleep on weekends delays the nightly secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
  • Research has found the pineal hormone melatonin is low in migraine patients.

Origin

1950s: from Greek melas 'black' + serotonin.

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