Intermedin (also known as Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone, MSH ) is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, an endocrine gland in the human body.
Some texts describe intermedin as a hormone that regulates skin color in humans and other vertebrates. Other texts also mention that it brings about colour changes in the skin of some amphibians.
However, although an excessive amount of intermedin in humans is reported to cause darkening of the skin, according to the Oxford Concise Colour Medical Dictionary (1998), "its physiological role in man is uncertain".
See also: What is a Hormone ?
For further general information including the locations of the endocrine glands, see the Endocrine Glands of the Human Body.
- Introduction to the Endocrine System
- What is a hormone ?
- Water Soluble Hormones vs Fat Soluble Hormones
- Triggers for Hormone Release
- Hormone Regulation Feedback Mechanism
- Major Glands of the Endocrine System
- The Pituitary Gland
- The Adrenal Glands
- Non-endocrine tissues that release hormones
- Conditions of the Endocrine System