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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a potent substance that acts like a hormone and is found in many bodily tissues (and especially in semen); produced in response to trauma and may affect blood pressure and metabolism and smooth muscle activity

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: prostate gland + 1-in; from its occurrence in the seminal fluid of animals Date: 1936 any of various oxygenated unsaturated cyclic fatty acids of animals that are formed chiefly by the action of cyclooxygenase on arachidonic acid and perform a variety of hormonelike actions (as in controlling blood pressure or smooth muscle contraction)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any of a group of hormone-like substances causing contraction of the muscles in mammalian (esp. uterine) tissues etc. Etymology: G f. PROSTATE + GLAND(1) + -IN



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