melanocyte-stimulating hormone definition

  • noun:
    • A hormone secreted because of the pituitary gland that regulates skin color in people and other vertebrates by stimulating melanin synthesis in melanocytes and melanin granule dispersal in melanophores. Also called intermedin.
    • some of a course of peptide hormones circulated by the pituitary gland which are associated with controlling producing melanin.
    • a hormone secreted because of the anterior pituitary gland that manages the degree of pigmentation in melanocytes

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