Definition of hormone in English:

hormone

Line breaks: hor|mone
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːməʊn
 
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noun

1A regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.
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  • These gonadotropins in turn stimulate synthesis of steroid hormones in target tissues.
  • The gene altered in the giant rats makes the protein Leptin, a hormone released by fat cells as an appetite regulator.
  • Insulin is the hormone which keeps blood sugar levels within the normal healthy range.
1.1A synthetic substance with a similar effect to that of an animal or plant hormone.
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  • The synthetic hormones have side effects, especially liver qi stagnation and blood stagnation.
  • Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that cause the body to produce muscle and prevent muscle breakdown.
  • The basic hormone on which all synthetic anabolic steroids are based.
1.2 (hormones) A person’s sex hormones as held to influence behaviour or mood: she told herself she was suffering from hormones, that she would cheer up soon
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  • And how can you trust your teenage opinion of people, when those opinions were being formed via rampaging hormones and juvenile mood swings?
  • It may have been his hormones which improved his mood, as I watched him check her out constantly.
  • Follow these steps to keep your hormones in balance - and your hormone-induced mood swings to a minimum.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek hormōn, present participle of horman 'impel, set in motion'.

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