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Growth hormone

Synonym(s)

  • GH
  • pituitary growth hormone
  • somatotropic hormone
  • somatotropin

Definition(s)

Polypeptide that is secreted by the anterior pituitary gland; affects protein, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; stimulates mitosis, cell differentiation and cell growth.

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A peptide hormone secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and regulates several physiologic processes, including growth and metabolism.(NCI)

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: July 21, 2014