Definition of Releasing factor
1. Noun. A substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland.
Generic synonyms: Factor
Specialized synonyms: Ghrf, Growth Hormone-releasing Factor
2. Noun. Any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones; each of these hormones causes the anterior pituitary to secrete a specific hormone.
Generic synonyms: Endocrine, Hormone, Internal Secretion
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Literary usage of Releasing factor
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1. Stress, Gender, and Alcohol-Seeking Behavior edited by Walter A. Hunt, Sam Zakhari (1996)
"Kalivas, PW; Duffy, P.; and Latimer, LG Neurochemical and behavioral effects of corticotropin-releasing factor in the ventral tegmental area of the rat. ..."
2. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"157, 163 secretion, melatonin and serotonin effects on (rat adrenal slices), 157, 103 Corticotrophin releasing factor distribution in ..."
3. BST edited by Jean A. Larson (1995)
"Compared with controls (31.6 kg/d), bST and growth hormone-releasing factor increased milk yield to 34.2 and 37.0 kg/d, respectively. ..."
4. Harmful Non-Indigenous Species in the United States (1994)
"Rivest, S., and Rivier, C. The role of corticotropin-releasing factor and inter- leukin-1 in the regulation of neurons controlling reproductive functions. ..."
5. The Science, Treatment, and Prevention of Antisocial Behaviorsby Diana H. Fishbein by Diana H. Fishbein (2004)
"Potential corticotropin-releasing factor pathways in the rat brain as determined by bilateral ... Corticotropin- releasing factor, stress and behavior. ..."