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Noun: releasing factor
  1. A substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
    - releasing hormone, RF
  2. Any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones; each of these hormones causes the anterior pituitary to secrete a specific hormone
    - releasing hormone, RH, hypothalamic releasing hormone, hypothalamic releasing factor

Derived forms: releasing factors

Type of: endocrine, factor, hormone, internal secretion

Encyclopedia: Releasing factor