human growth hormone

noun

: the naturally occurring growth hormone of humans or a genetically engineered form that is used to treat children with growth hormone deficiencies and has been used especially by athletes to increase muscle mass

Examples of human growth hormone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The treatment approach was discontinued after cases of a rare brain disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were found to be associated with the administration of contaminated human growth hormone from cadavers. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 The study found that all five participants had received injections of human growth hormone from cadavers for several years. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 30 Jan. 2024 The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain, and human growth hormone, or HGH, is a natural hormone the gland makes and releases, promoting growth in children. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Deep sleep helps repair muscles and bones through several key mechanisms, including the release of human growth hormone – a protein produced in the pituitary gland – and various anti-inflammatory agents. Joanna Fong-Isariyawongse, The Conversation, 31 Jan. 2024 Between 1959 and 1985, these patients were among the at least 1,848 people in the United Kingdom who were treated with a human growth hormone derived from a cadaver’s pituitary gland, according to the study. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Women with Turner syndrome generally undergo human growth hormone and estrogen replacement therapy to boost height and trigger the onset of puberty, respectively. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 15 Jan. 2024 Deer antler velvet is said to stop joint pain and degradation and directly enhance the production of human growth hormone (27). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023 Anterior pituitary powder stimulates the pituitary gland, which helps increase muscle mass and human growth hormone production and reduce the signs of aging (29). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of human growth hormone was in 1954

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Medical Definition

human growth hormone

noun
: the naturally occurring growth hormone of humans or a recombinant version that is used to treat children with growth hormone deficiencies and has been used especially by athletes to increase muscle mass
abbreviation HGH
see somatropin

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