corticotropin :

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  • n  a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal cortex

  • As illustrated above, the substance, called corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), is produced in the hypothalamus, a tiny but powerful structure sometimes called "the brain's .
  • One leading candidate: a substance called corticotropin- releasing hormone, or crh, which is pumped directly into the spinal fluid and thus bathes the entire brain at once.

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