cor·​ti·​co·​tro·​pin | \ ˌkȯr-ti-kō-ˈtrō-pən How to pronounce corticotropin (audio) \
variants: or less commonly corticotrophin \ ˌkȯr-​ti-​kō-​ˈtrō-​fən How to pronounce corticotropin (audio) \

Definition of corticotropin

: acth also : a preparation of ACTH that is used especially in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic fever

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Recent Examples on the Web Long Term: To start the HPA axis, the hypothalamus sends corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) to the pituitary gland. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 And experiments in rats and cultured cells show that corticotropin-releasing hormone, which the body releases in response to stress, also increases neuronal production of CGRP, Russo says. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Will antibodies finally put an end to migraines?," 18 May 2018 During abstinence from alcohol, stress neurotransmitters such as corticotropin-releasing factor (FRC) and dynorphin are released. Jamie Smolen,, "How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain," 23 Dec. 2017

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Corticotropin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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cor·​ti·​co·​tro·​pin | \ -ˈtrō-pən How to pronounce corticotropin (audio) \
variants: also corticotrophin \ -​fən How to pronounce corticotropin (audio) \

Medical Definition of corticotropin

: acth also : a preparation of ACTH that is used especially in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and rheumatic fever

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