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Oxytocin is a posterior pituitary hormone which stimulates uterine contraction during parturition. It also has an important function in milk-release from the alveoli of the breast during lactation, and can aid fertilization by helping to cause uterine contractions during sexual excitement.

Hadley, M.E. 1984. Endocrinology. Prentice-Hall, Inc. New Jersey. 547.

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.


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