• WordNet 3.6
    • n hormone the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The colour blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
    • Hormone (Physiological Chem) A chemical substance formed in one organ and carried in the circulation to another organ on which it exerts a specific effect on cells at a distance from the producing cells; thus, pituitary hormones produced in the brain may have effects on cells in distant parts of the body..
    • Hormone (Physiological Chem) a chemical substance, whether natural or synthetic, that functions like a hormone in a living organism. Thus, synthetic steroid hormones may be more effective than their natural counterparts.
    • Hormone (Bot) A substance that controls growth rate or differentiation in plants; also called phytohormone. The most well-known are the auxins that stimulate growth at the growing tips of plants, and control root formation and the dropping of leaves; and the gibberellins, which are used in agriculture to promote plant growth.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Gr. "orma`ein to excite


In literature:

Normally, I was the soul of sweetness in the morning, when I was hormonally enhanced, anyway.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
These various hormones or chemical controllers in the blood interact in a nicely balanced chemical system.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
Calhoun brought out hormones and enzymes and medicaments from the Med Ship while the guard in the ship looked on.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Only the valuable plant hormones from Mars made commerce possible at the ridiculously high freight rate.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
SEX-LIMITED, a term applied to traits which differ in the two sexes, because influenced by the hormones of the reproductive glands.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
The use of synthetic plant hormones on cuttings of nut-tree species has been of questionable value.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In exchange for food, oxygen and comfort, the brain-symbiote must generate hormones and enzymes that enable the magter to survive.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
We can predict what will happen when massive doses of hormones and enzymes and such are used.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Cyclical is involuntary, caused by the normal buildup of egerin, since that hormone cannot be metabolized alone.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
In other words, the hormones of goat and man agree.
"The Goat-gland Transplantation" by Sydney B. Flower

In poetry:

Alas! These scientists of Sweden
I curse, who've robbed me of my Eden;
Who with their weird hormones inhuman
Can make a man into a woman.
Alas, poor Eric! . . . Erico
I wish you were in Jerico.
"Erico" by Robert W Service

In news:

Christine Northrup answers viewers' questions during her hormone replacement therapy webcast.
Christiane Northrup explains the history of hormone replacement therapy .
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and the fountain of youth.
A Nurses' Health Study by Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are twice as likely to develop asthma as are women who do not take HRT.
For years the medical field considered hormone replacement therapy to be the fountain of youth for women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy .
We are concerned that the wrong message may have gone to clinicians from the Milan hormone replacement therapy (HRT) conference.
1 suggest that, in our study investigating the effects of progestagen-containing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on heart rate variability.
A review of studies suggests long-term hormone replacement therapy increases risk of cancer, cardiovascular problems, and other serious conditions.
Hotflash & the Hormones.
Federal health officials are taking a second look at a treatment for menopausal hot flash es, saying their approval of a hormone combination 27 years ago was not based on substantial evidence.
New research suggests that women who take hormone replacement therapy in the early stages of menopause may have a reduced risk of heart attack, heart failure or dying.
The timing of the hormone replacement therapy is key -- with younger women seeing benefits, according to research published in BMJ.
BOSTON — Some experts are rethinking their reluctance about the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women.
Ten years ago, a major study, called the Women's Health initiative, concluded that the benefits of hormone replacement thereapy were outweighed by risks, such as breast cancer.

In science:

This is a re-analysis of data from a case-control study examining the relationship of postmenopausal hormone therapy and the risks of myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic stroke in which we reported no overall increase or decrease in the risk of either event.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
It involved recruitment and randomization of more than 18,000 postmenopausal women to hormones or placebo.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
Prior observational research found no effect of hormone therapy on stroke (Psaty et al. ).
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
The study neither confirmed nor ruled out a lower risk of MI or stroke in hormone users.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
Adjusted estimates of the relative risk of MI and stroke were both, however, less than 1.0 in current E and EP users compared with never hormone users, a finding inconsistent with WHI.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy