melanocyte-stimulating hormone

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Definition of melanocyte-stimulating hormone 

: any of several vertebrate hormones of the pituitary gland that darken the skin by stimulating melanin dispersion in pigment-containing cells

First Known Use of melanocyte-stimulating hormone

1953, in the meaning defined above

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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

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Medical Definition of melanocyte-stimulating hormone 

: either of two vertebrate hormones of the pituitary gland that darken the skin by stimulating melanin dispersion in pigment-containing cells abbreviation MSH

called also intermedin, melanophore-stimulating hormone, melanotropin

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