lipotropin


lipotropin

lipotropin [lip-uh-troh-pin, lahy-puh-] Word Origin noun Biochemistry.

  1. a large polypeptide of the pituitary gland from which endorphins and other endogenous opiates are thought to derive.

Origin of lipotropin First recorded in 1960–65; lipotrop(ic) + -in2 lipotropin in Medicine lipotropin [lĭp′ə-trō′pĭn, lī′pə-] n.

  1. 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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