A cell of the adenohypophysis that produces adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).

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cor·ti·co·troph (korґtĭ-ko-trōf″) a small, irregularly stellate, acidophilic cell of the adenohypophysis, having small, sparsely distributed secretory granules and secreting corticotropin and β-endorphin, which are cleaved from a large prohormone called pro-opiomelanocortin. Called also corticotrope, corticotroph-lipotroph, corticolipotrope, corticotrope cell, and corticotroph cell.

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