follicle-stimulating hormone

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Definition of 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

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The rise in multiple birth rates, according to the organization, is associated with expanded use of fertility therapies and older maternal ages at childbearing because of elevated follicle-stimulating hormone levels. Barry Adams, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin high school has 17 sets of twins," 10 Jan. 2018 That meant injections of follicle-stimulating hormones, an egg-retrieval process that left her feeling miserable, and a series of shrinking numbers: from 23 eggs to just two genetically intact, fertilized embryos. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Talissa Ford of Graduate Hospital neighborhood," 29 Nov. 2017 According to Women Who Experienced Them An ovarian reserve test generally consists of a blood and/or urine analysis to determines levels of the hormones inhibin B, anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Health.com, "This Popular Fertility Test Might Be a Total Waste of Time—Here's Why," 11 Oct. 2017

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circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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follicle-stimulating hormone

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Medical Definition of 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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