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Any of several hormones secreted by the hypothalamus that stimulate the anterior part of the pituitary gland to release certain hormones.
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a substance usu. of hypothalamic origin that triggers the release of a hormone from an endocrine gland.
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|Noun||1.||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"
|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|
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