corticotropin

Definition / meaning of corticotropin

A hormone made in the pituitary gland. Corticotropin acts on the outer part of the adrenal gland to control its release of corticosteroid hormones. More corticotropin is made during times of stress. Also called ACTH and adrenocorticotropic hormone.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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