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[lip-uh-troh-pin, lahy-puh-]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. a large polypeptide of the pituitary gland from which endorphins and other endogenous opiates are thought to derive.
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Origin of lipotropin

First recorded in 1960–65; lipotrop(ic) + -in2
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lipotropin in Medicine


(lĭp′ə-trōpĭn, lī′pə-)
  1. A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that promotes the utilization of fat by the body and is a precursor to the endorphins.
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