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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.
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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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