Definition of Adrenocorticotropic hormone

1. Noun. A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex.




Definition of Adrenocorticotropic hormone

1. Noun. (hormone) A peptide hormone, secreted by the pituitary gland, that stimulates the secretion of other hormones ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Adrenocorticotropic hormone

1. The hormone of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis which governs the nutrition and growth of the adrenal cortex, stimulates it to functional activity, and also possesses extraadrenal adipokinetic activity; it is a polypeptide containing 39 amino acids, but exact structure varies from one species to another; sometimes prefixed by a to distinguish it from beta-corticotropin. The first thirteen amino acids at the N-terminal region are identical to alpha-melanotropin. Synonym: adrenocorticotropin, adrenotropic hormone, adrenotropin, corticotropic hormone, corticotropin. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

adrenoceptor
adrenoceptors
adrenochrome
adrenochromes
adrenocortical
adrenocortical adenoma
adrenocortical hormone
adrenocortical hormones
adrenocortical insufficiency
adrenocorticomimetic
adrenocorticotrophic
adrenocorticotrophic hormone
adrenocorticotrophin
adrenocorticotropic
adrenocorticotropic hormone (current term)
adrenocorticotropic releasing factor
adrenocorticotropin
adrenodoxin
adrenogenic
adrenogenous
adrenoleukodystrophies
adrenoleukodystrophy
adrenolytic
adrenomedullary hormones
adrenomedullin
adrenomegaly
adrenomimetic
adrenomimetic amine

Literary usage of Adrenocorticotropic hormone

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Addition of the dibutyryl derivative to the isolated fat cell further stimulated lipolysis induced by adrenocorticotropic hormone, ..."

2. Stress, Gender, and Alcohol-Seeking Behavior edited by Walter A. Hunt, Sam Zakhari (1996)
"Lee and colleagues (1990) reported increased adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) but not CORT responses to footshock stress, as well as increased ..."

3. Alcohol and Health: Seventh Special Report to the Us Congress by Louis Sullivan (1997)
"... and some have pseudo-Cushing's syndrome—in which corticosteroids are increased while adrenocorticotropic hormone levels are normal— suggesting possible ..."

4. Drug Addiction Research & the Health of Women edited by Cora L. Wetherington (1999)
"In humans, an injection of morphine causes the inhibition of the release of the adrenocorticotropic hormone, an important stress-responsive hormone, ..."

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