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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Recent Examples on the Web Sauna sessions boost blood levels of epinephrine, growth hormone and endorphins—the latter of which are, incidentally, also hormones often held responsible for a runner’s high. Sarah Everts, WSJ, 17 July 2021 This is due to release of excessive stress hormones (norepinephrine, epinephrine, growth hormone, cortisol) which leads to elevated blood pressure, but also structural remodeling of the heart and blood vessels with accumulation of coronary plaque. Robert Glatter, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Collins was suspended 25 games in November 2019 by the NBA for a violation of the league’s Anti-Drug Program after testing positive for a growth hormone. Roy Parry,, 3 Mar. 2021 Two hormones involved in growth – growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF1) – are also affected by exposure to chemicals. Alexander Suvorov, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2020 The rapid growth rate of velvet antlers—up to an inch a day, fueled by a growth hormone called IGF-1—has long led to beliefs in their benefits for human health and vigor. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, 12 Aug. 2020 Years ago, Kendrick was outspoken about not wanting PED users in his organization after reliever Jason Grimsley’s home was raided in 2006 by federal agents investigating his alleged use of human-growth hormone. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, 17 Feb. 2020 Collins missed the first 25 games this season due to a positive test for a growth hormone but his numbers haven't shown any drop-off since his return. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, 5 Feb. 2020 Another hit came in the 1990s when a national controversy erupted over the practice of injecting dairy cows with rBGH — recombinant bovine growth hormone., 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of growth hormone

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2021

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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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