gonadotropin-releasing hormone


Definition of gonadotropin-releasing hormone

: a hormone secreted by the hypothalamus that stimulates the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland to release gonadotropins (such as luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) abbreviation GnRH

called also luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone

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Recent Examples on the Web Other types of drugs — such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists — can shrink tumors by decreasing the hormone producing activity of your ovaries, lowering your estrogen levels. Hilda Hutcherson, New York Times, "Uterine Fibroids Can Wreak Reproductive Havoc. What Are They?," 17 Apr. 2020 With this therapy, doctors can inject a compound or use an implant that mimics the actions of a puberty-stimulating hormone that is released in the brain known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Puberty blockers can be 'life-saving' drugs for trans teens, study shows," 23 Jan. 2020 Then there are still other forms of hormonal therapy, like elagolix, an oral gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) antagonist that’s FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe endo pain. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What Exactly Are the Stages of Endometriosis?," 25 Sep. 2019 Hypothalamic hypogonadism: This condition happens when your ovaries produce little or no gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Long Does a Period Last, Normally?," 17 May 2018 Essentially, the brain’s hypothalamus produces gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which causes the pituitary gland to produce FSH and LH. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Hold On Everyone, Male Birth Control Still Isn't Happening Anytime Soon," 22 Mar. 2018 There are also gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, which can block the production of hormones that stimulate your ovaries and keep you from having a period, Greves explains. Korin Miller, Allure, "This Is What Endometriosis Pain Feels Like — and How to Treat It," 6 Mar. 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Gonadotropin-releasing hormone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonadotropin-releasing%20hormone. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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gonadotropin-releasing hormone

gonadotropin-re·​leas·​ing hormone | \ -ri-ˈlēs-iŋ- How to pronounce gonadotropin-releasing hormone (audio) \

Medical Definition of gonadotropin-releasing hormone

: a decapeptide hormone produced by the hypothalamus that stimulates the adenohypophysis to release gonadotropins (as luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) abbreviation GnRH

called also luteinizing hormone-releasing factor, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone

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