Cultural Literacy: adrenaline (fight or flight)

My definition – adrenaline is a chemical in the body that surges in response to a threat or stressor.  There have been claims that adrenaline can help women lift entire cars off of their children.

Real definition – according to Wikipedia, “Epinephrine, also known as adrenalin or adrenaline, is a hormone, neurotransmitter and medication.  Epinephrine is normally produced by both the adrenal glands and certain neurons.  It plays an important role in the fight-or-flight response by increasing blood flow to muscles, output of the heart, pupil dilation, and blood sugar.”  Also, adrenalin causing hysterical strength a common anecdote but has not been proven scientifically.

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