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[ lip-uh-troh-pin, lahy-puh- ]
/ ˌlɪp əˈtroʊ pɪn, ˌlaɪ pə- /

noun Biochemistry.

a large polypeptide of the pituitary gland from which endorphins and other endogenous opiates are thought to derive.

Nearby words

liposuck, liposuction, lipotrophic, lipotrophy, lipotropic, lipotropin, lipovaccine, lipoxygenase, lippe, lipped, lippen

Origin of lipotropin

First recorded in 1960–65; lipotrop(ic) + -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for lipotropin


[ lĭp′ə-trōpĭn, lī′pə- ]


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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