Adjective "prolactin" definition and examples

(Prolactin may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/prəʊˈlaktɪn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth.
  1. 'Under conditions of high growth hormone and low prolactin, cortisol may act primarily to promote salt secretion.'
  2. 'Hormone assays for serum estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone and testosterone were performed.'

More definitions

1. an anterior pituitary polypeptide hormone that stimulates lactation by the mammary glands at parturition in mammals, the activity of the crop in birds, and in some mammalian species the production of progesterone by the corpus luteum.

More examples(as adjective)

"levels can be prolactin."

Origin

1930s: from pro- ‘before’ + lactation.