ACTH -->
adrenocorticotrophic hormone
medical dictionary

<endocrinology> A peptide hormone that is produced by the anterior pituitary gland. It stimulates the adrenal cortex to secrete glucocorticoid hormones, which help cells synthesise glucose, catabolize proteins, mobilizefree fatty acids and inhibit inflammation in allergic responses.

Acronym: ACTH

(10 May 1997)