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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

Syllabification: me·lan·o·cyte-stim·u·lat·ing hor·mone
(abbreviation: MSH)

Definition of melanocyte-stimulating hormone in English:

noun

Physiology
A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that is involved in pigmentation changes in some animals.
Example sentences
  • Islet cell tumors also may produce adrenocorticotrophin hormone, melanocyte-stimulating hormone, antidiuretic hormone, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
  • Patients with Addison's disease should be treated with mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid replacement to reduce the drive for excess production of adrenocorticotropic hormone and melanocyte-stimulating hormone.
  • Excessive pigmentation can be caused by oversecretion of adrenocorticotrophic hormones and an associated melanocyte-stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland.

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