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releasing factor

Definitions of releasing factor
  1. noun
    a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
    synonyms: RF, releasing hormone
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    types:
    GHRF, growth hormone-releasing factor
    a releasing factor that accelerates the secretion of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary body
    type of:
    factor
    anything that contributes causally to a result
  2. noun
    any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones; each of these hormones causes the anterior pituitary to secrete a specific hormone
    synonyms: RH, hypothalamic releasing factor, hypothalamic releasing hormone, releasing hormone
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    type of:
    endocrine, hormone, internal secretion
    the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
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