prolactin

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noun pro·lac·tin \prō-ˈlak-tən\

Definition of prolactin

  1. :  a protein hormone of the anterior lobe of the pituitary that induces lactation

Origin and Etymology of prolactin

2pro- + lact- + 1-in


First Known Use: 1932


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prolactin

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noun pro·lac·tin \prō-ˈlak-tən\

Medical Definition of prolactin

  1. :  a protein hormone of the adenohypophysis of the pituitary gland that induces and maintains lactation in the postpartum mammalian female—abbreviation PRL; called also luteotropic hormone, luteotropin, mammotropin


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