luteotropin


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pro•lac•tin

(proʊˈlæk tɪn)

n.
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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Noun1.luteotropin - 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
References in periodicals archive ?
Prolactin, also known as luteotropin, is a polypeptide hormone produced and secreted by specialized cells in the anterior pituitary called lactotropes.
Control of corpus luteum function in the pregnant rabbit: role of the placenta ("placental luteotropin") in regulating responsiveness of corpora lutea to estrogen.