Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321743261
ISBN 13: 978-0-32174-326-8

Chapter 16 - The Endocrine System - Review Questions - Page 629: 5(5)


(e) oxytocin

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A strong stimulant of uterine contraction, Oxycontin is released in significantly higher amounts during childbirth (oxy = rapid; tocia = childbirth) and in nursing women. The number of oxytocin receptors in the uterus peaks near the end of pregnancy, and uterine smooth muscle becomes more and more sensitive to the hormone’s stimulatory effects.
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