Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Human Growth Hormone

1. substance secreted in humans by the anterior pituitary gland that functions like growth hormone in many other species; uninterrupted sleep is important during growing periods because pulsating release of hGH occurs primarily during deep sleep. Aka somatotropin.

2. hGHr, a preparation manufactured by recombinant (genetically engineered) technology and used to treat dwarfism in children with congenital deficiency of growth hormone.

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