human corticotropin-releasing factor

Definition / meaning of human corticotropin-releasing factor

A substance being studied in the treatment of brain cancer. It is made naturally by the hypothalamus (a part of the brain) and can also be made in the laboratory. Human corticotropin-releasing factor may help reduce symptoms caused by edema (swelling) of the brain. It is a type of neurohormone. Also called hCRF.

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

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