1. Biochem. a polypeptide hormone, produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, that stimulates the cortex of adrenal glands.
2. Pharm. this substance, extracted from the pituitary glands of hogs and other species, in the form of its white, water-soluble powder, used for the diagnosis of diseases that impair the adrenal glands. Also called adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenocorticotropin.
[1940-45; a(dreno)c(ortico)t(ropic) h(ormone)]

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Polypeptide hormone made in the pituitary gland.

It regulates the activity of part of the adrenal cortex (see adrenal glands), the production site of important steroid hormones that affect electrolyte and water balance and the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. ACTH is found in vertebrates (except jawless fishes); in mammals it contains 39 amino acids. Overproduction of ACTH is one cause of Cushing syndrome.

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  • ACTH — ACTH: svw. ↑ Corticotropin. * * * ACTH,   Abkürzung für adrenocorticotropes Hormon, Corticotropin, Hormon des Hypophysenvorderlappens, regelt Synthese und Ausschüttung der Nebennierenrindenhormone (Glucocorticoide …   Universal-Lexikon

  • acth — [cit. aceteháş] s.n., art. ACTH ul Trimis de gall, 28.10.2008. Sursa: DOOM 2  ACTH s.n. Hormon proteic secretat de hipofiză, care stimulează glanda corticosuprarenală. [Sin.: Hormon adrenocorticotropic] (acronim, din engl. adrenocorticotropic… …   Dicționar Român

  • ACTH — n. 1. a growth hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland; stimulates the adrenal cortex. Syn: adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenocorticotrophic hormone, adrenocorticotropin, adrenocorticotrophin, corticotropin, corticotrophin [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • ACTH — ⇒ adrenocorticotropes Hormon …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • ACTH — sigla ES ingl. Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, ormone adrenocorticotropo …   Dizionario italiano

  • ACTH — [Abk. für engl. adrenocorticotropic hormone]: = Kortikotropin …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • ACTH — (adrenocorticotropic hormone) hormone secreted by the pituitary gland which stimulates steroid production by the cortex of the adrenal glands (Physiology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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