Definition of Melanocyte-stimulating hormone

1. Noun. A hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that controls the degree of pigmentation in melanocytes.

Exact synonyms: Msh
Generic synonyms: Endocrine, Hormone, Internal Secretion



Definition of Melanocyte-stimulating hormone

1. Noun. (protein) Any of a class of peptide hormones released by the pituitary gland that are involved in regulating the production of melanin. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Melanocyte-stimulating hormone

1. A releasing hormone produced in the mammalian hypophysis and related structures in lower vertebrates. Made up of _ MSH (1665D), the same as amino acids 1-13 of ACTH and _ MSH (18 amino acids, 22 in humans). Causes darkening of the skin by expansion of the melanophores but its role in mammals is unclear. Synonym: melanotropin. Acronym: MSH (22 Sep 2002)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melanocyte-stimulating Hormone

melano-
melanoacanthoma
melanoameloblastoma
melanoblast
melanoblastoma
melanoblasts
melanocarcinoma
melanochroi
melanochroic
melanochroite
melanochroites
melanocomous
melanocortin
melanocortins
melanocyte
melanocyte-stimulating hormone (current term)
melanocytes
melanocytic
melanocytoma
melanocytosis
melanocytotic
melanodendrocyte
melanoderma
melanoderma chloasma
melanodermatitis
melanodermic
melanogaster
melanogasters
melanogen
melanogenaemia

Literary usage of Melanocyte-stimulating hormone

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1. Stress, Gender, and Alcohol-Seeking Behavior edited by Walter A. Hunt, Sam Zakhari (1996)
"... millimole MR mineralocorticoid receptor mRNA messenger ribonucleic acid ms millisecond MSH melanocyte -stimulating hormone MZ monozygotic NAD+ oxidized ..."

2. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"... stimulates alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone release from frog pituitary melanotrophs through activation of ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"These are (i) the decline in the content of melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) in rat pituitaries which occurs soon after animals receive injections of ..."

4. Proceedings o (1903)
"The column was characterized \ ing a-melanocyte stimulating hormone wt 1910; Bradykinin, mol wt 1204; and g; pentapeptide, mol wt 768, all purchased ..."

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