aromatase

noun

aro·​ma·​tase ə-ˈrō-mə-ˌtās How to pronounce aromatase (audio)
-ˌtāz
: an enzyme or complex of enzymes that promotes the conversion of an androgen into estrogen

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Anastrozole is in the class of medicines called aromatase inhibitors (AIs), which block the body from making estrogen. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 Oct. 2022 Many supplements contain aromatase inhibitors, which assist to maintain free testosterone levels high. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 Other drugs called aromatase inhibitors completely stop the production of estrogen—giving estrogen-receptor positive cancer nothing to work with. Jessie Van Amburg, Health.com, 16 Sep. 2021 And all naturally occurring estrogen in humans was once testosterone, transformed into estrogen by the enzyme aromatase. Grace Huckins, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2021 All participants were given standard hormone therapy (an aromatase inhibitor or tamoxifen) as well as a medication that shuts down the ovaries' production of estrogen. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, 4 June 2019 All of the women were given standard hormonal therapy -- an aromatase inhibitor or tamoxifen -- plus a medication that shuts down the ovaries' production of estrogen. Amy Norton, CBS News, 3 June 2019 But the effect that’s best understood is fat tissue’s ability to convert circulating steroids into estrogen via the enzyme aromatase, Dr. Jensen explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 26 June 2018 According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, letrozole is an aromatase inhibitor that can act as a hormonal and metabolic stimulant by increasing testosterone concentration. Bianca Britton, CNN, 12 June 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

aromat(ize) + -ase

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aromatase was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Aromatase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatase. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

aromatase

noun

aro·​ma·​tase ə-ˈrō-mə-ˌtās, -ˌtāz How to pronounce aromatase (audio)
: an enzyme or complex of enzymes that promotes the conversion of an androgen (as testosterone) into estrogens (as estradiol)
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