Definition of vasopressin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌveɪzəʊˈprɛsɪn/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A pituitary hormone which 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: blend of vasopressor and -in1.

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