Definition of octopamine in English:

octopamine

Line breaks: oc¦topa|mine
Pronunciation: /ɒkˈtəʊpəmiːn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound which can accumulate in nerves as a result of the use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors and cause a rise in blood pressure.
More example sentences
  • Both octopamine and serotonin inhibit bursting activity, suggesting that neurosecretion is controlled by these neuromodulators.
  • The bioluminescent response to octopamine was inhibited in the presence of the NO scavenger carboxy-PTIO.
  • But perfusion of the exposed lantern tissue of the P. versicolor male with octopamine does not induce scintillation, only a glow.

Origin

1940s: from octopus (from which it was first extracted) + amine.

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