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Medical Term:

adrenocorticotropic hormone

Definition

the hormone of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that governs the nutrition and growth of the adrenal cortex, stimulates it to functional activity, and shows extraadrenal adipokinetic activity; it is a polypeptide containing 39 amino acids, but exact structure varies from one species to another; sometimes prefixed by a to distinguish it from ß-corticotropin. The first 13 amino acids at the N-terminal region are identical to a-melanotropin.

Synonym(s): adrenocorticotropin, adrenotropic hormone, adrenotropin, corticotropic hormone, corticotropin1

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