estrogen

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noun es·tro·gen \ˈe-strə-jən\

Definition of estrogen

  1. :  any of various natural steroids (such as estradiol) that are formed from androgen precursors, that are secreted chiefly by the ovaries, placenta, adipose tissue, and testes, and that stimulate the development of female secondary sex characteristics and promote the growth and maintenance of the female reproductive system; also :  any of various synthetic or semisynthetic steroids (such as ethinyl estradiol) that mimic the physiological effect of natural estrogens

Origin and Etymology of estrogen

New Latin estrus + International Scientific Vocabulary -o- + -gen


First Known Use: 1927


ESTROGEN Defined for English Language Learners

estrogen

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noun es·tro·gen \ˈe-strə-jən\

Definition of estrogen for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

estrogen

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noun es·tro·gen \ˈes-trə-jən\
variants: or chiefly British

oestrogen

\ˈē-strə-jən\play

Medical Definition of estrogen

  1. :  any of various natural steroids (as estradiol) that are formed from androgen precursors, that are secreted chiefly by the ovaries, placenta, adipose tissue, and testes, and that stimulate the development of female secondary sex characteristics and promote the growth and maintenance of the female reproductive system; also :  any of various synthetic or semisynthetic steroids (as ethinyl estradiol) that mimic the physiological effect of natural estrogens

estrogen–like

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estrogenlike

\-ˌlīk\ play adjective an estrogen-like compound estrogen-like effects


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