Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in the brain when you are happy or when you are relaxed. It is often called the "cuddle hormone" because it is responsible for making you feel happy and content.

  • When she saw the baby, she started to produce a lot of oxytocin.

  • The drug is designed to increase the level of oxytocin in the brain, which is supposed to make you feel happy and relaxed.

Definition of oxytocin


hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitocin); stimulates contractions of the uterus and ejection of milk



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Example Sentences for oxytocin

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    Intravenous oxytocin is the drug of choice for postpartum hemorrhage.

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    Oxytocin stimulates the muscles surrounding the breast to squeeze out the milk.

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    Structure and relation to oxytocin.

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    Oxytocin is associated with human trustworthiness.

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    Oxytocin, vasopressin and social behavior.

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    Both are caused by the release of oxytocin.

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    Vasopressin, oxytocin and social behaviour.

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    Identification of potent and selective oxytocin antagonists.

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    Orgasm trebles the level of oxytocin in the brain.

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    Oxytocin is involved in the control of maternal behavior.