Definition of prolactin in English:

prolactin

noun

Biochemistry
  • A hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth.

    • ‘There, hormones called prolactin and oxytocin are released into the bloodstream.’
    • ‘The body starts to release a hormone called prolactin, which stimulates the body to produce breast milk.’
    • ‘Hormone assays for serum estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone and testosterone were performed.’
    • ‘Suckling causes the mother's pituitary gland to release two hormones, oxytocin and prolactin.’
    • ‘Under conditions of high growth hormone and low prolactin, cortisol may act primarily to promote salt secretion.’

Origin

1930s: from pro- before + lactation.

Pronunciation:

prolactin

/prōˈlaktən/