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/ ˈeɪˈsiˈtiˈeɪtʃ /
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Biochemistry. a polypeptide hormone, produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, that stimulates the cortex of adrenal glands.
Pharmacology. this substance, extracted from the pituitary glands of hogs and other species, in the form of its white, water-soluble powder, used for the diagnosis of diseases that impair the adrenal glands.
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Also called a·dre·no·cor·ti·co·trop·ic hor·mone [uh-dree-noh-kawr-ti-koh-troh-pik hawr-mohn], /əˌdri noʊˌkɔr tɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪk ˈhɔr moʊn/, a·dre·no·cor·ti·co·tro·pin [uh-dree-noh-kawr-ti-koh-troh-pin], /əˌdri noʊˌkɔr tɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪn/, cor·ti·co·tro·pin [kawr-ti-koh-troh-pin] /ˌkɔr tɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪn/ .
Origin of ACTH
First recorded in 1940–45; a(dreno)c(ortico)t(ropic) h(ormone);see origin at adrenocorticotropic
Words nearby ACTH
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British Dictionary definitions for ACTH
adrenocorticotrophic hormone; a polypeptide hormone, secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, that stimulates growth of the adrenal gland and the synthesis and secretion of corticosteroids. It is used in treating rheumatoid arthritis, allergic and skin diseases, and many other disordersAlso called: corticotrophin
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Scientific definitions for ACTH
Abbreviation of adrenocorticotropic hormone
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