catecholamine

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catechol +‎ -amine

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /katəˈkəʊləmiːn/, /katəˈkɒləmiːn/

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catecholamine (plural catecholamines)

  1. (biochemistry) Any of a class of aromatic amines derived from pyrocatechol that are hormones produced by the adrenal gland.
    • 1988, Lubert Stryer, Biochemistry, 3rd edition, p. 1025:
      Epinephrine and dopamine are two other catecholamine transmitters.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 746:
      The catecholamines are used in several motivational and emotional systems of the brain, and their concentration is regulated by proteins that break them down or recycle them.

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