prolactin

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prolactin

 [pro-lak´tin]
a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that promotes the growth of breast tissue and stimulates and sustains milk production in postpartum mammals, and shows luteotropic activity in certain mammals. Called also lactogenic hormone and mammotropin.

pro·lac·tin (PRL),

(prō-lak'tin), [MIM*176760]
A protein hormone of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that stimulates the secretion of milk and possibly, during pregnancy, breast growth.
[pro- + L. lac, lact-, milk, + -in]

prolactin

(prō-lăk′tĭn)
n.
A pituitary hormone that stimulates and maintains the secretion of milk in mammals and also plays a role in metabolism and in modulation of the immune response.

prolactin

A gonadotropic hormone encoded by PRL on chromosome 6p22.2-p21.3 and secreted by the anterior pituitary, which in females stimulates mammary gland growth and lactation after childbirth.

pro·lac·tin

(PRL) (prō-lak'tin)
A protein hormone of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis that stimulates the secretion of milk and possibly, during pregnancy, breast growth.
Compare: bioregulator
Synonym(s): lactogenic hormone.
[pro- + L. lac,lact-, milk, + -in]

prolactin

One of the PITUITARY GLAND hormones. Prolactin stimulates the development and growth of the breasts (mammary glands) and helps to start and maintain milk production at the end of pregnancy.

prolactin

see LUTEOTROPHIC HORMONE.

Prolactin

A hormone that helps the breast prepare for milk production during pregnancy.
Mentioned in: Pituitary Dwarfism

pro·lac·tin

(prō-lak'tin) [MIM*176760]
Protein hormone of anterior lobe of hypophysis that stimulates secretion of milk and possibly, during pregnancy, breast growth.
[pro- + L. lac,lact-, milk, + -in]