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Tropic Hormone

The hormone which is secreted by an endocrine gland and acts upon another endocrine gland and stimulates their secretion of hormonally active substances is known as a tropic hormone. It is a hormone that regulates the activity of the endocrine glands. They are produced by the hypothalamus and anterior pituitary gland. A few examples of tropic hormones are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which helps the female ovaries to mature and ovulate (release an egg). The hypothalamus secretes tropic hormones which act on the anterior pituitary gland, causing it to secrete its own tropic hormones.

Tropic hormones from the anterior pituitary include:

  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH or thyrotropin)
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH or corticotropin)
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH) –
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)

Hypothalamic tropic hormone –