Definition of vasopressin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌvāzōˈpresən/


A pituitary hormone that acts to promote the retention of water by the kidneys and increase blood pressure.
Example sentences
  • The amount of water your body gets rid of is regulated by an anti-diuretic hormone called vasopressin.
  • Researchers found that hormones and peptides such as estrogen, progesterone, oxytocin and vasopressin played a big role in how well these animals cared for their young.
  • Additionally, prolonged exposure to stress induces increased levels of thyroid hormones and vasopressin.


1920s: from vasopressor 'causing constriction in blood vessels' + -in1.

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Syllabification: vas·o·pres·sin

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