gonadotropin

noun
go·​nad·​o·​tro·​pin | \gō-ˌna-də-ˈtrō-pən \
variants: or less commonly gonadotrophin \ gō-​ˌna-​də-​ˈtrō-​fən \

Definition of gonadotropin 

: a gonadotropic hormone (such as follicle-stimulating hormone)

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And since sperm production is dependent on very high testosterone levels in the testes (much higher than the testosterone levels in the blood), shutting the gonadotropins lowers sperm production. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A pill, a gel, and a nonsurgical vasectomy are making their way through clinical trials.," 4 May 2018 Moonlight likely increases production of the hormone gonadotropin in these fish, which promotes gamete maturation. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "How Moonlight Sets Nature’s Rhythms," 21 June 2017 Severe morning sickness is thought to be caused by high levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is made by the placenta and produced mainly during the first trimester. Rachael Rettner, Fox News, "Morning sickness in second trimester ups pregnancy risks," 30 Jan. 2013 In the 1960s, scientists developed chemical tests that searched directly for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)—the tell-tale hormone that the frogs were reacting to. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How a Frog Became the First Mainstream Pregnancy Test," 4 May 2017 Moonlight likely increases production of the hormone gonadotropin in these fish, which promotes gamete maturation. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, "How Moonlight Sets Nature’s Rhythms," 22 June 2017

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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gonadotropin

noun
go·​nad·​o·​tro·​pin | \-ˈtrō-pən \
variants: also gonadotrophin \ -​fən \

Medical Definition of gonadotropin 

: a gonadotropic hormone (as follicle-stimulating hormone) — see human chorionic gonadotropin

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