corticotropin(redirected from adrenocorticotropic, adrenocorticotrophic hormone)
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corticotropin(kôr'təkōtrōp`ən): see adrenocorticotropic hormoneadrenocorticotropic hormone
, polypeptide hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. Its chief function is to stimulate the cortex of the adrenal gland to secrete adrenocortical steroids, chief among them cortisone.
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A hormonal preparation having adrenocorticotropic activity, derived from the adenohypophysis of certain domesticated animals.
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