Lipotropin definition

lĭpə-trōpĭn, līpə-
A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that promotes the utilization of fat by the body and is a precursor to the endorphins.
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A hormone made in the pituitary gland, that stimulates release of fatty acids from adipose tissue: its amino acid sequence includes an endorphin.
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A hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland that promotes the breakdown of lipids stored in the body's fat cells.
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(biochemistry) A pituitary hormone that promotes the metabolism of fat, and is a precursor to the endorphins.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lipotropin
Plural:
lipotropins

Origin of lipotropin

  • lipotrop(ic) –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition