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progesterone

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noun pro·ges·ter·one \prō-ˈjes-tə-ˌrōn\

Simple Definition of progesterone

  • medical : a substance (called a hormone) that occurs naturally in women and female animals

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of progesterone

  1. :  a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus; also :  a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action

Origin and Etymology of progesterone

progestin + -sterone


First Known Use: 1935


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progesterone

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noun pro·ges·ter·one \prō-ˈjes-tə-ˌrōn\

Medical Definition of progesterone

  1. :  a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus; also :  a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action




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