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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

[muh-lan-uh-sahyt-stim-yuh-ley-ting, mel-uh-nuh-]
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noun Biochemistry.
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Origin of melanocyte-stimulating hormone

First recorded in 1950–55
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melanocyte-stimulating hormone in Medicine

melanocyte-stimulating hormone

  1. A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that regulates skin color in humans and other vertebrates by stimulating melanin synthesis in melanocytes and melanin granule dispersal in melanophores.intermedin
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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

  1. A hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland and regulates skin color by stimulating melanin synthesis in humans and other vertebrates. Melanocyte-stimulating hormone stimulates the melanin-producing cells (called melanocytes) of mammals and the melanin-containing cells (called melanophores) of reptiles and amphibians.
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