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re·leas·ing factor

(rĭ-lē′sĭng)
n.
Any of several hormones secreted by the hypothalamus that stimulate the anterior part of the pituitary gland to release certain hormones.

releas′ing fac`tor


n.
a substance usu. of hypothalamic origin that triggers the release of a hormone from an endocrine gland.
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Noun1.releasing factor - a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
factor - anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
GHRF, growth hormone-releasing factor - a releasing factor that accelerates the secretion of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary body
2.releasing factor - any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones; each of these hormones causes the anterior pituitary to secrete a specific hormone
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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Lox then comments that, the stem cells are also at the same time regenerative cells that may heal by releasing factors that allow healing to occur, or trophic effects.
It is actually a growth therapy and it works on the principle that there are new growth releasing factors that will help in rejuvenation and even regrowth of hair if it is used along with other holistic things like good diet, healthy lifestyle etc.
Pituitary gland: A small gland located at the base of the brain, just below the hypothalamus; releasing factors produced by the hypothalamus stimulate the pituitary gland to secrete a variety of hormones that in turn regulate homeostasis, thereby controlling growth, blood pressure, sex organ function, and other functions; also part of the hypothalamic--pituitary--adrenal axis.