ADH (antidiuretic hormone)
ADH (antidiuretic hormone) is a peptide (small protein) molecule that is released by the pituitary gland at the base of the brain after being made nearby (in the hypothalamus). ADH has an antidiuretic action that prevents the production of dilute urine (and so is antidiuretic). A syndrome of inappropriate secretion of ADH may occur in association with oat-cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and Hodgkin’s disease as well as a number of other disorders. ADH is also known as vasopressin.