Definition of antidiuretic hormone in US English:

antidiuretic hormone

(also ADH)


  • another term for vasopressin
    • ‘Children who urinate during the night may have a deficiency of the antidiuretic hormone ADH.’
    • ‘Similarly, relatively pure free water disturbances include hyponatremia caused by the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone or hypernatremia caused by diabetes insipidus.’
    • ‘Hyponatraemia occurs as a result of dehydration, nephrotoxicity, or occasionally inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion.’
    • ‘In conditions of volume depletion or hypertonicity, secretion of antidiuretic hormone is stimulated, water is reabsorbed, and a concentrated urine is excreted.’
    • ‘The kidneys secrete more urine, not only because of the fluid drunk but also because of the osmotic effect of alcohol and inhibition of secretion of antidiuretic hormone.’
    • ‘Vasopressin is also known as antidiuretic hormone, because it is the main regulator of body fluid osmolarity.’
    • ‘Vasopressin, also termed antidiuretic hormone or arginine vasopressin, is a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus and stored in the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland.’
    • ‘In patients with impaired ability to excrete water, the raised plasma antidiuretic hormone concentrations can lead to hyponatraemia; if thirst is impaired, excessive fluid losses can lead to hypernatraemia.’
    • ‘Vasopressin, a natural antidiuretic hormone, becomes a powerful vasoconstrictor when used at much higher doses than are normally present in the body.’
    • ‘The single most important diuretic that inhibits antidiuretic hormone is water.’
    • ‘A hormone called antidiuretic hormone is used to control the amount of water in the body.’
    • ‘In these patients, the main causes of hyponatremia are renal disorders, endocrine deficiencies, reset osmostat syndrome, syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, and drugs or medications.’
    • ‘It has been postulated that normal development may include the establishment of a circadian rhythm in the secretion of arginine vasopressin, the antidiuretic hormone.’
    • ‘Diabetes insipidus is the result of a deficiency of antidiuretic hormone.’
    • ‘Other uncommon manifestations in AIDS patients include pan-hypopituitarism, the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone, and orchids.’
    • ‘This increased osmotic concentration is detected by ‘osmoreceptors’ in the brain, and these lead to the release, from the posterior pituitary gland, of the peptide antidiuretic hormone, also called vasopressin.’
    • ‘As an antidiuretic hormone, vasopressin acts on the renal tubule at low plasma concentrations.’
    • ‘Siadh is an important cause of hyponatremia that occurs when normal bodily control of antidiuretic hormone secretion is lost and antidiuretic hormone is secreted independently of the body's need to conserve water.’
    • ‘The syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion should be regarded as a diagnosis of exclusion and cannot be said to occur in the presence of other underlying conditions that may be responsible for hyponatraemia.’
    • ‘Giving extra fluids while antidiuretic hormone secretion is increased may theoretically lead to hyponatraemia and fluid overload.’


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