melanocyte-stimulating hormone


melanocyte–stimulating hormone

noun

Definition of MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONE

:  any of several vertebrate hormones of the pituitary gland that darken the skin by stimulating melanin dispersion in pigment-containing cells

First Known Use of MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONE

1953

melanocyte–stimulating hormone

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MELANOCYTE–STIMULATING HORMONE

: either of two vertebrate hormones of the pituitary gland that darken the skin by stimulating melanin dispersion in pigment-containing cells—abbreviation MSH; called also intermedin, melanophore-stimulating hormone, melanotropin

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