endorphin


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

endorphin

any of a class of polypeptides, including enkephalin, occurring naturally in the brain, that bind to pain receptors and so block pain sensation
References in periodicals archive ?
This is an abbreviated list of endorphin deficiency symptoms from my book, The Craving Cure.
This relationship with brain endorphin activity may only be important when it comes to the limits of the number of close social bonds that can be maintained, since nearly all of us have some friends and family that we rely on in times of need.
This UV light-seeking behavior seemed to hinge on endorphins: When people's endorphins were blocked with a different drug called naltrexone, they no longer distinguished between the real and fake tanning beds, a failure that suggests they had become immune to the rewards of UV light.
The discovery of the precise locations in the brain where endorphins are released provides a possible target for the development of more effective drugs for the treatment of alcohol abuse, said senior author Howard L.
Sport physiologists say this is a good idea because exercise boosts the body's feel-good chemicals, like serotonin and endorphins, and thereby increases one's natural resilience to the rigours of life.
It has long been suspected that cutaneous endorphins are produced during exposure to UV light.
By using breathing and relaxation techniques taught in a good childbirth class, a woman can take advantage of her body's endorphin release (natural pain-relieving substances), which will make her labor easier.
It relieves stress and boosts my endorphin levels, making me naturally happy.
Such medications are understood to affect the brain's endorphin system.
One of the chemicals in tears is a type of endorphin (en-DOR-fin), a painkilling substance that the body produces.
Among the requirements to consider any of these compounds as an opiate is the nullification of endorphin pain relief by the opioid antagonist, Naloxone.
The researchers linked low endorphin levels to the low levels of estrogen present in the body on day one.