Definition of releasing factor in English:

releasing factor


  • A substance which, when secreted by the hypothalamus, promotes the release of a specified hormone from the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.

    • ‘Finally, mast cells, which reside in the endothelium, can be activated by increases in corticotropin releasing factor related to stress.’
    • ‘One of these, corticotrophin releasing factor, is present throughout the limbic system.’
    • ‘In weightlessness there is a decreased activity of spinal ganglia neurons of the hypothalamic nuclei producing arginine, vasopressin and growth hormone releasing factor.’
    • ‘Corticotropin releasing factor is a critical integrator of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in response to stress.’
    • ‘Like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with increased secretion of corticotropin releasing factor.’