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proopiomelanocortin

Pronunciation: pro-o'pe-o-mel'a-no-kor'tin

Definition: A large molecule found in the anterior and intermediate lobes of the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, and other parts of the brain as well as in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and placenta; the precursor of ACTH, CLIP, ß-LPH, ?-MSH, ß-endorphin, and met-enkephalin.

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