corpus luteum

noun
corpus lu·​te·​um | \ -ˈlü-tē-əm How to pronounce corpus luteum (audio) \
plural corpora lutea\ -​ˈlü-​tē-​ə How to pronounce corpora lutea (audio) \

Definition of corpus luteum

: a yellowish mass of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that forms immediately after ovulation from the ruptured graafian follicle in the mammalian ovary abbreviation CL

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Once the egg is released, the empty follicle shrinks to form what's called a corpus luteum, which is supposed to make hormones to get ready for the next egg. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019 The two most common types, follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts, occur when something goes a little awry during a regular menstrual cycle, the Mayo Clinic explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst," 28 Jan. 2019 After the follicle releases the egg, the follicle shrinks into a mass called the corpus luteum. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "This Is Exactly What Happens During Your Menstrual Cycle," 23 Feb. 2018 After an egg has been released from an ovary, the ovarian follicle collapses to temporarily form the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's Why Khloe Kardashian Used Hormone Suppositories at the Beginning of Her Pregnancy," 28 Feb. 2018 If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum decays, stops producing progesterone, and the whole cycle starts over again. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's Why Khloe Kardashian Used Hormone Suppositories at the Beginning of Her Pregnancy," 28 Feb. 2018 After your follicle releases an egg, the empty sac shrinks and becomes a mass of cells called corpus luteum. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Think an Ovarian Cyst Burst," 22 Dec. 2017 Doctors put most ovarian cysts into two categories: follicular cysts and corpus luteum cysts. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Think an Ovarian Cyst Burst," 22 Dec. 2017 The other main kind of ovarian cyst is a corpus luteum cyst. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do If You Think an Ovarian Cyst Burst," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of corpus luteum

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corpus luteum

borrowed from New Latin corpus lūteum "yellow body"

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corpus luteum

noun
corpus lu·​te·​um | \ -ˈlüt-ē-əm, -lü-ˈtē-əm How to pronounce corpus luteum (audio) \
plural corpora lutea\ -​ə How to pronounce corpora lutea (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpus luteum

: a yellowish mass of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that consists of pale secretory cells derived from granulosa cells, that forms immediately after ovulation from the ruptured graafian follicle in the mammalian ovary, and that regresses rather quickly if the ovum is not fertilized but persists throughout the ensuing pregnancy if it is fertilized

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