vasopressin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (vas"ō-pres'in), [key]
- a peptide hormone, synthesized in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland, that stimulates capillary muscles and reduces the flow of urine and increases its concentration.
- a synthetic preparation of this hormone, used as an antidiuretic in the treatment of diabetes insipidus. Also called
- vasopressin (Thesaurus)