releasing factor

noun Biochemistry.

a substance usually of hypothalamic origin that triggers the release of a particular hormone from an endocrine gland.

Origin of releasing factor

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for releasing factor

releasing factor

[ rĭ-lesĭng ]


A substance of hypothalamic origin capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior lobe of pituitary gland.releasing hormone
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