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1. Any of various natural or synthetic substances that regulate the growth of animals or plants.
2. Abbr. GH Any of such natural substances in vertebrates, consisting of polypeptide hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland and promote growth of the body, especially by stimulating release of somatomedins. Also called somatotropic hormone, somatotropin.
3. See human growth hormone.
(Biochemistry) a hormone synthesized in and secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland that promotes growth of the long bones in the limbs and increases the synthesis of protein essential for growth. Also called: somatotrophin or human growth hormone
any substance that stimulates or controls the growth of an organism, esp. a species-specific hormone, as the human hormone somatotropin.
(or somatotrophin) Growth-stimulating hormone produced by the anterior (front) pituitary gland.
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|Noun||1.||growth hormone - a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland; promotes growth in humans|
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
Protropin - trade name of a synthetic human growth hormone given to children deficient in the hormone; use by athletes and weightlifters is banned
n. hormona del crecimiento, secreción de la glándula pituitaria que estimula el crecimiento.