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human placental lactogen

human placental lactogen in Medicine

human placental lactogen n.
Abbr. HPL
A hormone that is isolated from human placentas, that has a biological activity that weakly mimics the activity of somatropin and prolactin, and that is secreted into maternal circulation. Also called chorionic growth hormone-prolactin, human chorionic somatomammotropic hormone, placental growth hormone.

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