Definition: Main Entry: hormone

Pronunciation: 'hor-"mOn

Function: noun

Etymology: Greek hormOn, present participle of horman to stir up, from hormE impulse, assault; akin to Greek ornynai to rouse -- more at RISE

Date: 1905

1 : a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids or sap and produces a specific effect on the activity of cells remote from its point of origin; especially : one exerting a stimulatory effect on a cellular activity

2 : a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone

- hormonelike /-"lIk/ adjective

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