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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pro-lak'tin


A protein hormone of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that stimulates the secretion of milk and possibly, during pregnancy, breast growth.

Synonym(s): galactopoietic hormone, lactation hormone, lactogenic hormone, lactotropin, mammotropic factor, mammotropic hormone

[pro- + L. lac, lact-, milk, + -in]

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