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n. (context biochemistry English) An oxidation product of adrenaline or epinephrine; its semicarbazone is used as a drug to reduce bleeding.


Adrenochrome is a chemical compound with the molecular formula CHNO produced by the oxidation of adrenaline ( epinephrine). The derivative carbazochrome is a hemostatic medication. Despite a similarity in chemical names, it is unrelated to chrome or chromium.

Usage examples of "adrenochrome".

This is an abnormal metabolite, since it does not seem that adrenalin in the body normally passes through the adrenochrome stage.

Interestingly enough, when adrenochrome is injected into normal human subjects, temporary psychotic states resembling those of mental illness are produced.

However, since 1954, when this suggestion was first made, all attempts to locate adrenochrome or other abnormal metabolites of adrenalin in mental patients have failed.

Then came the discovery that adrenochrome, which is a product of the decomposition of adrenalin, can produce many of the symptoms observed in mescalin intoxication.

INDEX INDEX Abduc«ns nerve, 207 Accessory nerve, 208 Acetylcholine, 132 autonomic nervous system and, 218 Achromatism, 297 Acoustic area, 177 Acoustic nerve, 208, 265 Acromegaly, 95 ACTH, 82 autonomic nervous system and, 219 Addison, Thomas, 76 Addison's disease, 76 ADH, 63 Adrenal glands, 40 Adrenalin, 41 schizophrenia and, 335 Adrenergic nerves, 218 Adrenochrome, 335 Adrenocorticotrophic hormone, 82 Alanine, 10 Albinos, eyes of, 276, 277 Aldosterone, 80 Allergies, histamine and, 43-44 All-or-none law, 137 Alpha waves, 178 Amine group, 9 Amino acids, 8 abbreviations of, 11, 12 arrangements of, 14, 15, 36 Amino acids, contd.

He looked like someone who had just eaten a handful of pineal glands and washed them down with a pint of adrenochrome.