Definition of releasing factor in English:

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releasing factor

noun

Biochemistry
A substance that, when secreted by the hypothalamus, promotes the release of a specified hormone from the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.
Example sentences
  • In weightlessness there is a decreased activity of spinal ganglia neurons of the hypothalamic nuclei producing arginine, vasopressin and growth hormone releasing factor.
  • Corticotropin releasing factor is a critical integrator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in response to stress.
  • Like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with increased secretion of corticotropin releasing factor.

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Syllabification: re·leas·ing fac·tor

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