corticotropin-releasing hormone

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cor·ti·co·tro·pin-re·leas·ing hormone

n. Abbr. CRH
A hormone produced by the hypothalamus that stimulates the anterior pituitary gland to release adrenocorticotropic hormone.
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Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning and cerebrospinal fluid corticotropin releasing hormone and corticotropin levels in alcoholics after recent and long-term abstinence.
Corticotropin releasing hormone expression is the major target for glucocorticoid feedback-control at the hypothalamic level.
The secretion of the corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) reflects this activity of the HPA axis and CRH "instructs" the body to slow the activity in certain areas and thus balances the reaction of the body to stress.

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