trophic hormones

trop·ic hor·mones

, trophic hormones
those hormones of the anterior lobe of the pituitary that affect the growth, nutrition, or function of other endocrine glands (for example, TRH, ACTH).
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The work of the pituitary gland is to suss out when the other glands are working at the correct level, and bring them back into line through its own super or trophic hormones.
Although levels of pituitary trophic hormones are generally low in this condition, the thyrotrophin (TSH) was normal in seven cases in the present series.
Because of advances in producing various analogues (similar in chemical structure) of the trophic hormones, long-acting preparations of growth hormone and IGF-I have recentHy become available for investigational use.
The work of the pituitary gland is to suss out when the other glands are under or overworking and bring them back into line through its own super or trophic hormones.