melanocyte-stimulating hormone

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mel·a·no·cyte-stim·u·lat·ing hormone

 (mĕl′ə-nō-sīt′stĭm′yə-lā′tĭng, mə-lăn′ə-)
n. Abbr. MSH
A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that regulates skin color in humans and other vertebrates by stimulating melanin synthesis in melanocytes and melanin granule dispersal in melanophores. Also called intermedin.


melanocyte-stimulating hormone: a pituitary gland hormone that causes darkening of the skin by increasing the production of melanin.
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Noun1.melanocyte-stimulating hormone - a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that controls the degree of pigmentation in melanocytes
endocrine, hormone, internal secretion - the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
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