hormone

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a: Hormone ~
b: biochemical office memo

What: "A long-acting chemical messenger. A hormone is like a biochemical "office memo" that is produced by an organ somewhere in the body, travels through the bloodstream to reach the "mailbox" of a distantly located target organ, and then tells the target organ what to do. For instance, the biochemical messenger thyroid stimulating hormone is produced by the pituitary gland (a pea-sized gland in your brain), travels through the bloodstream to the thyroid gland (located in your lower neck), and then tells the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone - a hormone that has a plethora of effects including regulating your metabolism."

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Writer: Dr. Leonardo Noto
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Date: Feb 21 2014 3:54 PM



a: Hormone ~
b: general's command

What: "A hormone is like the general's command, and hormone receptors - like soldiers - lay waiting for the signal or command"

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Writer: Will Frehley
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Date: Feb 21 2014 3:59 PM



a: hormone ~
b: an arrow shot from a bow

What:

"Each hormone is like an arrow shot from a bow - it's aimed at a target organ or group of cells. When it hits its target, a 'score' or effect is achieved."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 21 2014 4:02 PM



a: hormone ~
b: a chemical messenger

What:

"A hormone is like a chemical messenger. It is made in one part of the body (in this case, the pancreas) and is secreted (usually) into the bloodstrea "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 21 2014 4:10 PM


The System As A Whole

a: hormone ~
b: an instrument

What:

"The endocrine system - the group of organs and glands responsible for releasing hormones that regulate key bodily functions - is sometimes compared to an orchestra. Each hormone is like an instrument. Playing together, in tune, they sound amazing. But what happens if, right in the middle of a concert, a violin suddenly goes wildly astray, twanging on its own? And then a clarinet starts shrieking? And then the pianist can't keep up? The music would sound like crap, right? "


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Writer: Jillian Michaels
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Date: Feb 21 2014 4:14 PM



a: A hormone ~
b: microscopic key

What:

"Every cell in the body contains receptors-essentially tiny locks-on its surface. A hormone is like a microscopic key floating in the bloodstream: When it finds a matching lock, it binds to the receptor and triggers the cell to do something, such as grow or divide."


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Writer: Gary Taubes
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Date: Feb 21 2014 4:00 PM



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