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What is the definition or description of: adrenocorticotropic hormone?

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Dr. B.Gabriel Smolarz
Endocrinology 16 years experience
ACTH: It is one of several pituitary hormones - acth for short (the others control the thyroid gland, gonad glands, and others) that controls adrenal gland function in primarily making the hormone called cortisol (not to be confused with "adrenaline"), though the adrenal gland also makes several other hormones.

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What is the definition or description of: hormone?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another.

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