What is oxytocin?

  • (noun): Hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitocin); stimulates contractions of the uterus and ejection of milk.
    Synonyms: Pitocin


Oxytocin (Oxt) ( /ˌɒksɨˈtoʊsɪn/) is a mammalian hormone that acts primarily as a neuromodulator in the brain.

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Some articles on oxytocin:

Carbetocin - Comparison With Other Drugs
... its effects are longer lasting than other oxytocin homologs such as Pitocin or Barusiban ... carbetocin administration compared to a placebo or an eight hour intravenous drip of oxytocin in a randomized blind study, necessitated significantly less additional ... Oxytocin receptor antagonists, such as Barusiban or Atosiban have the opposite effect of depressing oxytocin receptor activity and can be used to stop premature labor and uterine contractions ...
Oxytocin - Evolution
... Virtually all vertebrates have an oxytocin-like nonapeptide hormone that supports reproductive functions and a vasopressin-like nonapeptide hormone involved ...
... It is an eight amino long oxytocin analogue (oxytocin is a nonapeptide) and its action is similar to that of oxytocin ... Carbetocin primarily agonizes peripherally expressed oxytocin receptors ...
Tend And Befriend - Biological Bases of Tend and Befriend
... A biological basis for this regulation appears to be oxytocin ... Oxytocin has been tied to a broad array of social relationships and activities, including peer bonding, sexual activity, and affiliative preferences ... Oxytocin is released in humans in response to at least some stressors, especially those that may trigger affiliative needs ...
C. Sue Carter - Academic Achievements
... research focuses on neuropeptide and steroid hormones, including oxytocin, vasopressin, corticotropin-releasing hormone, and estrogen ... program has discovered important new developmental functions for oxytocin and vasopressin, and implicated these hormones in the regulation of long-lasting neural and effects of early social experiences ... recently she has been examining the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression ...