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Adrenocorticotropic hormone

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Commonly called ACTH, it is pronounced uh-DREE-noh-KOR-tih-koh-TROH-pik HOR-mone. Adrenocorticotropic hormone is a hormone made in the pituitary gland.

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HPA axis

Mechanism of action

Adrenocorticotropic hormone acts on the outer part of the adrenal gland to control its release of corticosteroid hormones.

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More adrenocorticotropic hormone is made during times of stress.

Other names

Also called ACTH and corticotropin.


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