bovine growth hormone

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bovine growth hormone

n. Abbr. BGH or bGH
A hormone of cattle that regulates growth and milk production. A recombinant form (rBGH) produced by genetic engineering is administered to cows to increase milk production. Also called bovine somatotropin.
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bo′vine growth′ hor`mone

a growth hormone of cattle, harvested from genetically engineered bacteria for administering to cows to increase milk production. Abbr.: bGH
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