thyroxine

Pronunciation: (thy-ROK-seen)

A hormone that is made by the thyroid gland and contains iodine. Thyroxine increases the rate of chemical reactions in cells and helps control growth and development. Thyroxine can also be made in the laboratory and is used to treat thyroid disorders. Also called L-3,5,5’-tetraiodothyronine, T4, and thyroxin.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2007-06-21 Date last modified: 2008-11-14