Meaning of corticotropin releasing factor

corticotro'pin releas'ing fac"tor

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— Biochem. Biochem.
  1. a hormonelike factor, produced by the hypothalamus, that stimulates the increased release of corticotropin by the pituitary gland in response to stress. Abbr.: CRF
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