One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound which can accumulate in nerves as a result of the use of monoamine oxidase inhibitors and cause a rise in blood pressure.
An amine related to noradrenaline; chemical formula: HOC₆H₄CHOHCH₂NH₂
- ‘Both octopamine and serotonin inhibit bursting activity, suggesting that neurosecretion is controlled by these neuromodulators.’
- ‘The bioluminescent response to octopamine was inhibited in the presence of the NO scavenger carboxy-PTIO.’
- ‘The transmitter is octopamine, common in invertebrate systems.’
- ‘But perfusion of the exposed lantern tissue of the P. versicolor male with octopamine does not induce scintillation, only a glow.’
- ‘The larvae were induced to glow spontaneously by means of the neurotransmitter octopamine applied directly on the glow organs.’
1940s: from octopus (from which it was first extracted) + amine.
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