What is ACTH?

A polypeptide hormone produced and secreted by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. It is an important component of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Its main role is to increase production and release of corticosteroids.

ACTH: "ACTH is also called corticotropin."

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