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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Neuropéptido

Neuropeptide (NOOR-oh-PEP-tide)
A member of a class of protein-like molecules made in the brain. Neuropeptides consist of short chains of amino acids, with some functioning as neurotransmitters and some functioning as hormones.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.