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an·ti·di·u·ret·ic hormone(ăn′tē-dī′ə-rĕt′ĭk, ăn′tī-)
n. Abbr. ADH
(Biochemistry) another name for vasopressinAbbreviation: ADH
vas•o•pres•sin(ˌvæs oʊˈprɛs ɪn)
a hormone released by the posterior pituitary gland that constricts small blood vessels and increases the absorption of water by the kidney. Also called antidiuretic hormone, ADH.
[1928; orig. trademark]
(ADH) A hormone made by the hypothalamus and released from the pituitary gland. By making the kidneys reabsorb water, it limits urine output and helps control the body’s water balance.
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|Noun||1.||antidiuretic hormone - hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus; affects blood pressure by stimulating capillary muscles and reduces urine flow by affecting reabsorption of water by kidney tubules|
pressor, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor - any agent that causes a narrowing of an opening of a blood vessel: cold or stress or nicotine or epinephrine or norepinephrine or angiotensin or vasopressin or certain drugs; maintains or increases blood pressure