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hormone

hor·mone

hormone

 
pronunciation:
hor mon
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of various substances secreted by the cells of the body that circulate in the bloodstream and produce specific, usu. stimulating effects in certain receptive organs or tissues.
Hormones produced by the pituitary gland control the body's growth.
definition 2: a synthetic substance made to serve a similar purpose when used medicinally.
derivations: hormonal (adj.), hormonally (adv.)
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