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Pronunciation: so'ma-to-lib'er-in

Definition: A decapeptide released by the hypothalamus, which induces the release of human growth hormone (somatotropin).

Synonym(s): growth hormone–releasing factor, growth hormone–releasing hormone, somatocrinin, somatotropin-releasing factor, somatotropin-releasing hormone

[somatotropin + L. libero, to free, + -in]

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