[ proh-lak-tin ]
/ proʊˈlæk tɪn /
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an anterior pituitary polypeptide hormone that stimulates lactation by the mammary glands at parturition in mammals, the activity of the crop in birds, and in some mammalian species the production of progesterone by the corpus luteum.
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Also called lu·te·o·tro·pin [loo-tee-uh-troh-pin], /ˌlu ti əˈtroʊ pɪn/, ga·lac·tin [guh-lak-tin], /gəˈlæk tɪn/, an·te·ri·or pi·tu·i·tar·y lu·te·o·tro·pin, lac·to·gen·ic hor·mone .
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How to use prolactin in a sentence
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.
Women have more prolactin than men and cry approximately four times more often.
British Dictionary definitions for prolactin
/ (prəʊˈlæktɪn) /
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Medical definitions for prolactin
[ prō-lăk′tĭn ]
A pituitary hormone that stimulates and maintains the secretion of milk.lactogenic hormone lactotropin luteotropic hormone luteotropin
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Scientific definitions for prolactin
[ prō-lăk′tĭn ]
A protein hormone secreted by the anterior portion of the pituitary gland that stimulates and maintains the secretion of milk in mammals.
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