growth hormone


Definition of growth hormone

1 : a vertebrate polypeptide hormone that is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and regulates growth also : a recombinant version of this hormone

called also somatotropin

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These regulations include managing their herds as organic for at least one year prior to organic milk production, feeding their cows completely organic feed and not using any growth hormones or antibiotics during production. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk," 26 June 2019 To this end, a subsidiary of the company has worked out how to extract birth-control and growth hormones from human and animal faeces respectively, to avoid these getting into the finished product. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 They are not given artificial growth hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics. Deborah Hornblow,, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 The current consensus is that the movements of the growth hormone auxin and the proteins that transport it throughout a plant are responsible for such patterns. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "Decoding the Mathematical Secrets of Plants’ Stunning Leaf Patterns," 6 June 2019 Among its functions, somatostatin inhibits production of insulin and growth hormone, and slows digestion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How old are your organs? Salk, UCSD mouse study finds human clues," 6 June 2019 The same fear exists with beef produced with growth hormones. NBC News, "This is what the U.S. wants from the U.K. before it will sign a trade deal," 3 June 2019 For example, many intermittent fasting protocols speak of a rise in growth hormone levels triggering fat loss. SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Trying Intermittent Fasting," 7 Nov. 2018 With Good Sleep Comes Better Gut Health—and Glowing Skin During deep sleep associated with this 14-hour cleansing window, the brain produces a growth hormone that is meant to repair both the gut lining and the skin lining. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Healthy Diet of the Future Focuses On When—Not Just What—You Eat," 1 Aug. 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of growth hormone

: a vertebrate polypeptide hormone that is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and regulates growth also : a recombinant version of this hormone

called also somatotropic hormone, somatotropin

— see human growth hormone

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