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serotonin (ser-o-to´nin)

3-(2-aminoethyl)-5-indolol;a vasoconstrictor, liberated by the blood platelets, that inhibits gastric secretion and stimulates smooth muscle; present in relatively high concentrations in some areas of the central nervous system (hypothalamus, basal ganglia), and occurs in many peripheral tissues and cells and in carcinoid tumors.5-hydroxytryptamine, enteramine, thrombocytin, thrombotonin; [sero- + G. tonos, tone, tension, + -in]


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