Origin of adrenocorticotropic hormone
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called a·dre·no·cor·ti·co·tro·pin [uh-dree-noh-kawr-ti-koh-troh-pin] /əˌdri noʊˌkɔr tɪ koʊˈtroʊ pɪn/.
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- A polypeptide hormone secreted by the anterior portion of the pituitary gland. It stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and other steroid hormones.
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