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ACTH \ACTH\ n. 1. a growth hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland; stimulates the adrenal cortex.

Syn: adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenocorticotrophic hormone, adrenocorticotropin, adrenocorticotrophin, corticotropin, corticotrophin


corticotrophin \corticotrophin\, corticotropin \corticotropin\n. a growth hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland; it stimulates the adrenal cortex; -- called also adrenocorticotropin and abbreviated ACTH.

Syn: adrenocorticotropic hormone, adrenocorticotrophic hormone, adrenocorticotropin, adrenocorticotropin, corticotrophin, ACTH.


n. (initialism of adrenocorticotropic hormone English)

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ACTH The production of corticoids is not controlled by direct feedback as insulin is by the blood glucose level it controls, or parathyroid hormone by the blood calcium level it controls.

The relationship between ACTH and the corticoids is analogous to that between TSH and the thyroid hormones.

The sympathetic system also stimulates the secretion of ACTH by the pituitary gland, which in turn stimulates the secretion of corticoids by the adrenal cortex, and these {see p.

INDEX INDEX Abduc«ns nerve, 207 Accessory nerve, 208 Acetylcholine, 132 autonomic nervous system and, 218 Achromatism, 297 Acoustic area, 177 Acoustic nerve, 208, 265 Acromegaly, 95 ACTH, 82 autonomic nervous system and, 219 Addison, Thomas, 76 Addison's disease, 76 ADH, 63 Adrenal glands, 40 Adrenalin, 41 schizophrenia and, 335 Adrenergic nerves, 218 Adrenochrome, 335 Adrenocorticotrophic hormone, 82 Alanine, 10 Albinos, eyes of, 276, 277 Aldosterone, 80 Allergies, histamine and, 43-44 All-or-none law, 137 Alpha waves, 178 Amine group, 9 Amino acids, 8 abbreviations of, 11, 12 arrangements of, 14, 15, 36 Amino acids, contd.

There is an energy type called "Endogenous ACTH," which stimulates the production of ACTH or adrenocorticotropic hormone.

In Addison's disease both pituitary hormones are produced in higher than normal quantities and the MSH contributes even more to the skin-darkening than does the ACTH.

ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which can affect such diverse mental functions as visual retention, anxiety and attention span.

ACTH: a hormone that was sometimes used to combat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.