Pronunciation: thī-rot′rō-pin, thī-rō-trō′pin
Definition: A glycoprotein hormone produced by the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that stimulates the growth and function of the thyroid gland; also used as a diagnostic test to differentiate primary and secondary hypothyroidism.
[for thyrotrophin, fr. thyro- + G. throphē, nourishment; corrupted to -tropin, and reanalyzed as fr. G. tropē, a turning]