growth hormone

noun

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

2

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His size was a result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone, which later resulted in acromegaly, a disorder that can cause joint pain and headaches, along with a host of other complications. Mike Miller, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2022 Your body actually produces more than 7,000 of them, all with specific duties: regulating your metabolic health, your appetite, your body’s natural growth hormone. Men's Health, 15 Sep. 2022 Specialty drugs tend to be high priced and treat chronic, potentially life-threatening conditions such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, growth hormone deficiency, and multiple sclerosis. Maureen Testoni, STAT, 13 June 2022 The doctor suspected the patient had an excess of one of these hormones — an overproduction of growth hormone will cause unregulated enlargement of the soft tissues throughout the body, a disorder called acromegaly. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Sleep deprivation has been shown to suppress testosterone and growth hormone production and enhance cortisol levels, which could weaken muscles and leave you more susceptible to injury. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2021 Age also decreases the amount of growth hormone and slows down the entire system. Kelly O'mara, Outside Online, 15 May 2014 The excess growth hormone causes enlargement of the soft tissues of the face, including the ears, the nose and the tongue, as well as the soft tissues of the hands and feet. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Revivicor has added six such transgenes and an additional knockout in a porcine growth hormone receptor gene, aimed at preventing organs from getting too big for their human recipients. Megan Molteni, STAT, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of growth hormone was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Growth hormone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growth%20hormone. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

growth hormone

noun

: 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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Last Updated: 27 Sep 2022

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