oxytocin

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From oxytocic, from Ancient Greek ὀξύς (oksús, swift) + τόκος (tókos, childbirth), from τίκτω (tíktō, I give birth).

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oxytocin (countable and uncountable, plural oxytocins)

  1. (biochemistry) A hormone that stimulates contractions during labour/labor, and then the production of milk.

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