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Noun: vasopressin  ,vey-zow'pre-sin
  1. Hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tubules
    - antidiuretic hormone, ADH, Pitressin

Derived forms: vasopressins

Type of: endocrine, hormone, internal secretion, pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor

Encyclopedia: Vasopressin