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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: aw′tō-koyd

Definition: A chemical substance produced by one type of cell that affects the function of different types of cells in the same region, thus functioning as a local hormone or messenger.

Synonym(s): autacoid substance, autacoid

[G. autos, self, + eidos, form]

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