adrenocorticotropic hormone

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adrenocorticotropic hormone

also adrenocorticotrophic hormone
n.
ACTH.

ACTH

a hormone of the anterior pituitary that stimulates the production of steroids in the cortex of the adrenal glands.
Also called adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenocorticotropin.
[1940–45; a(dreno)c(ortico)t(ropic)h(ormone)]
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Noun1.adrenocorticotropic hormone - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortexadrenocorticotropic hormone - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex
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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Systemic increase in corticotropic hormone (CRH), growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), and luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) resulted in an increase in ACTH and prolactin (PRL) levels and a decrease in thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
Cortisol in turn inhibits further release of both corticotropic hormone and ACTH.
Ideally, the MRI should be obtained prior to any therapy as some therapies with adrenal corticotropic hormone (ACTH) or other steroids may cause an image which can be falsely interpreted as shrinking of the brain, which in fact reverses when treatment with these agents is halted.

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