Definition of adrenocorticotrophic hormone in English:

adrenocorticotrophic hormone

(also adrenocorticotropic hormone, ACTH)


mass nounBiochemistry
  • A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulating the adrenal cortex.

    • ‘Your pituitary gland, located at the base of your brain, responds to a perceived threat by stepping up its release of adrenocorticotropic hormone, which signals other glands to produce additional hormones.’
    • ‘An adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test can be administered if clinically warranted.’
    • ‘This lesion has been shown to respond to elevated levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone and to regress with cortisone.’
    • ‘According to the guideline, adrenocorticotropic hormone is probably effective for the short-term treatment of infantile spasms.’
    • ‘The targeting of adrenocorticotropic hormone suggests that stress may trigger the auto-immune response.’


1930s from adreno- and cortico-(combining forms of adrenal and cortex)+ -trophic or -tropic.


adrenocorticotrophic hormone

/əˌdriːnə(ʊ)ˌkɔːtɪkə(ʊ)ˈtrəʊfɪk/ /-ˈtrɒfɪk/