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Thorn test

Pronunciation: thorn

Definition: a putative test of adrenal cortical function; stimulation of a normally functioning adrenal cortex by the adrenocorticotrophic hormone is followed by a reduction in the number of circulating eosinophils and lymphocytes and an increase in the excretion of uric acid. The test lacks sufficient specificity and is rarely used.

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