melanocyte-stimulating hormone

noun

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

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Recent Examples on the Web During pregnancy, there even appear to be higher levels of what’s known as melanocyte-stimulating hormone. Korin Miller, SELF, 27 Aug. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

noun

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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