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A pituitary hormone that stimulates and maintains the secretion of milk in mammals and also plays a role in metabolism and in modulation of the immune response.
(Biochemistry) a gonadotrophic hormone secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. In mammals it stimulates the secretion of progesterone by the corpus luteum and initiates and maintains lactation. Also called: luteotrophin or luteotrophic hormone See also follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone
a pituitary hormone that in mammals stimulates milk production at parturition and in birds activates the crop for feeding the young. Also called luteotropin.
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|Noun||1.||prolactin - gonadotropic hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary; in females it stimulates growth of the mammary glands and lactation after parturition|
gonadotrophic hormone, gonadotrophin, gonadotropic hormone, gonadotropin - hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland and placenta; stimulates the gonads and controls reproductive activity
lactogen - any agent that enhances milk production