ACTH (adrenocorticotrophic hormone; corticotrophin) A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that controls secretion of certain hormones (the corticosteroids) by the adrenal glands. Its secretion, controlled by corticotrophin-releasing hormone, occurs in short bursts every few hours and is increased by stress. An analogue of ACTH, tetracosactide, is given by injection to test adrenal function.
ACTH See ADRENOCORTICOTROPHIC HORMONE.
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