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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.

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ACTH (adrenocorticotrophic hormone, adrenocorticotrophin, corticotrophin) n. a hormone synthesized and stored in the anterior pituitary gland, controlling the secretion of corticosteroid hormones from the adrenal gland. Its release is stimulated by corticotrophin-releasing hormone.

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ACTH Biochem. adrenocorticotrophic hormone

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ACTH See adrenocorticotrophic hormone.