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).

trophic hormones

hormones secreted by the adenohypophysis (anterior lobe of pituitary gland) that stimulate target organs.
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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.