from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that promotes the utilization of fat by the body and is a precursor to the endorphins.
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- n. A pituitary hormone that promotes the metabolism of fat, and is a precursor to the endorphins
Some evidence has also been presented that peptide hormones such as & #223 lipotropin, ACTH and peptides structurally related to them, initially thought to be of pituitary origin, are found widely distributed in the brain in extrahypothalamic regions (53-56).