go·​nad·​o·​tro·​pin gō-ˌna-də-ˈtrō-pən How to pronounce gonadotropin (audio)
variants or less commonly gonadotrophin
: a gonadotropic hormone (such as follicle-stimulating hormone)

Examples of gonadotropin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The authors confirmed the pregnancies with ultrasound and also detected the hormones progesterone and chorionic gonadotropin, which arise during pregnancy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2023 Urine samples from 66 female chimpanzees from different stages in their reproductive lives also showed that the transition to this post-reproductive state was marked by changes in hormones like gonadotropins, estrogens, and progestins. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2023 Many things can cause temporary changes in menstrual cycle length, basically anything that can affect your levels of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH). Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 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, 4 May 2018 Moonlight likely increases production of the hormone gonadotropin in these fish, which promotes gamete maturation. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, 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, 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, 4 May 2017 Moonlight likely increases production of the hormone gonadotropin in these fish, which promotes gamete maturation. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gonadotropin was in 1931

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“Gonadotropin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonadotropin. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


go·​nad·​o·​tro·​pin gō-ˌnad-ə-ˈtrō-pən How to pronounce gonadotropin (audio)
variants also gonadotrophin
: a hormone that acts on or stimulates the gonads

Medical Definition


go·​nad·​o·​tro·​pin -ˈtrō-pən How to pronounce gonadotropin (audio)
variants also gonadotrophin
: a gonadotropic hormone (as follicle-stimulating hormone) see human chorionic gonadotropin

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