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 releasing hormone
      n 1: a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of
           accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the
           anterior pituitary gland [syn: releasing factor, RF]
      2: any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and
         carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where
         they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones;
         each releasing hormone causes the anterior pituitary to
         secrete a specific hormone [syn: RH, releasing factor,
          hypothalamic releasing hormone, hypothalamic releasing
         factor]