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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: thī-rot′rō-pin, thī-rō-trō′pin

Definition: A glycoprotein hormone produced by the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that stimulates the growth and function of the thyroid gland; also used as a diagnostic test to differentiate primary and secondary hypothyroidism.

Synonym(s): thyroid-stimulating hormone, thyrotrophin, thyrotropic hormone

[for thyrotrophin, fr. thyro- + G. throphē, nourishment; corrupted to -tropin, and reanalyzed as fr. G. tropē, a turning]