follicle-stimulating hormone


: a hormone produced by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of the ovum-containing follicles in the ovary and activates sperm-forming cells
abbreviation FSH

Examples of follicle-stimulating hormone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To determine a person’s menopause status, most tests measure follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a chemical that plays a key role in the menstruation cycle. Jani Hall, Health, 18 Apr. 2024 In a similar way to humans experiencing menopause, levels of follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone increased in chimps, while levels of estrogens and progestins decreased. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 Blood tests for fertility can also measure levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Amanda MacMillan, Health, 20 Oct. 2023 On average, their ratio of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) was lower, increasing their chances of ovulating—and, therefore, of conceiving.1 These effects may be partly due to a ketogenic diet’s ability to stabilize blood sugar, a major player in the diagnosis of PCOS. Sarah Garone, Health, 18 Sep. 2023 Research suggests that fasting can increase the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which are responsible for stimulating the production of testosterone in the body. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2023 Your body releases follicle-stimulating hormone, which tells the ovaries to grow and prepare eggs for ovulation. Kristin Canning, Women's Health, 10 May 2023 Fertility hormone tests look for anywhere from one to seven markers of fertility, including progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) for ovulation prediction, and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) for egg quality. Sarah Bradley, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2023 The GnRH signals the pituitary gland to produce follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Elizabeth Boskey, Verywell Health, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of follicle-stimulating hormone was in 1931

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“Follicle-stimulating hormone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

follicle-stimulating hormone

: a hormone from the pituitary gland that causes the graafian follicles to grow in females and makes sperm-forming cells active in males

Medical Definition

follicle-stimulating hormone

: a hormone from an anterior lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of the ovum-containing follicles in the ovary and that activates sperm-forming cells

called also follitropin

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