-tropin


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-tropin

also -trophin
suff.
Hormone affecting the growth or function of a certain kind of cell, tissue, or organ: gonadotropin

[Variant -tropin : -trop(ic) + -in. Variant -trophin : -troph(ic) + -in (with subsequent mutual influence between the two suffixes, with the result that that modern scientific usage treats them as variants of a single suffix).]
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