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Adrenalin   Listen
Adrenalin, Adrenaline  n.  (Physiol. Chem.) A hormone secreted by the adrenal medulla that acts as a powerful stimulant in reponse to fear or stress; it stimulates autonomic nerve action. It can be obtained as a crystalline substance, C9H13NO3. It is used in medicine as a vasoconstrictor (hemostatic) and cardiac stimulant, also to reduce allergic reactions and to stimulate the heart in cases of cardiac arrest.
Synonyms: epinephrine; 3,4-dihydroxy-1-(1-hydroxy-2-(methylamino)-ethyl)benzene.

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... has also demonstrated the functions of the suprarenal glands and explained the symptoms of Addison's disease, and chemists have even succeeded in making synthetically the active principle adrenalin. ...
— The Evolution of Modern Medicine • William Osler

... fluttered. Not that she was a fluffhead, he realized. But to avoid incidents, Navy regulations enforced an inhuman correctness between personnel of opposite sexes. After weeks in the black, meeting a man who could pay a compliment without risking court-martial must be like a shot of adrenalin. Better and better! ...
— Industrial Revolution • Poul William Anderson

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