thyroid-stimulating hormone


: a hormone that is secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid gland
abbreviation TSH

called also thyrotropic hormone, thyrotropin

Examples of thyroid-stimulating hormone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH, which stimulates the thyroid gland to release two other hormones: triiodothyronine, or T3, and thyroxine, or T4. Brad Reisfeld, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 The pituitary gland in the brain produces thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Fran Kritz, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 Hormone therapy also stops any remaining cancer cells from growing by lowering thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Christine Coppa, Health, 15 Mar. 2023 The thyroid-stimulating hormone test, or TSH, has always been the gold standard to detect thyroid disease, explains endocrinologist and thyroid expert, Brittany Henderson. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2021 To diagnose a potential problem with your thyroid, your doctor will likely order a blood test to examine the level of your thyroid-stimulating hormone, which can signal that your thyroid is overactive or underactive. Korin Miller, SELF, 6 Oct. 2021 Your doctor can get a picture of what’s going on with an exam and a blood test that measures your level of TSH—or thyroid-stimulating hormone. Hallie Levine,, 5 Dec. 2019 As Ricki Lewis writes for the PLOS DNA Science Blog, variations in two genes in particular made for better chickens: the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) and the beta-carotene influencing gene BCDO2. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 15 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Thyroid-stimulating hormone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

thyroid-stimulating hormone

: a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that controls the formation and release of the thyroid hormones

Medical Definition

thyroid-stimulating hormone

: a hormone secreted by the adenohypophysis of the pituitary gland that regulates the formation and secretion of thyroid hormone

called also thyrotropic hormone, thyrotropin, TSH

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