insulin-like growth factor

noun

Definition of insulin-like growth factor

: either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 One such gene, called the insulin-like growth factor 1, or IGF1, receptor gene, promotes cell growth. Amanda Kowalczyk, The Conversation, 1 July 2020 Moreover, the sugar in dairy products causes the body to release insulin-like growth factor, which triggers inflammation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Allure, 16 May 2018 According to an article published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, which reviewed 41 studies, hormones like testosterone and insulin-like growth factor are reduced under sleep-deprived conditions. Alexa Tucker, SELF, 8 Feb. 2018 Testosterone, human growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factor are particularly important here, explains Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, chief science officer for the American Council On Exercise. Alexa Tucker, SELF, 18 Dec. 2017

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Insulin-like growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insulin-like%20growth%20factor. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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insulin-like growth factor

noun
in·​su·​lin-like growth factor | \ ˌin(t)-s(ə-)lən-ˌlīk- How to pronounce insulin-like growth factor (audio) \

Medical Definition of insulin-like growth factor

: either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity especially : insulin-like growth factor 1

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