medical Definition of brain-derived neurotrophic factor
- Brain-derived neurotrophic factor … is critical for axonal growth, neuronal survival, and synaptic plasticity, and its levels are affected by stress and cortisol.
- —R. H. Belmaker and Galila Agam, The New England Journal of Medicine, 3 Jan. 2008
- Out of the variety of neurotrophic factors released during exercise, however, scientists found that one in particular stood out: brain-derived neurotrophic factor …
- —Christen Brownlee, Science News, 25 Feb. 2006