hormone

noun
hor·​mone | \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce hormone (audio) \

Definition of hormone

1 : a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (such as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually remote from its point of origin also : a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone

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Other Words from hormone

hormonelike \ ˈhȯr-​ˌmōn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hormonelike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hormone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your healthcare team will check you for side effects during treatment and may treat you with corticosteroid or hormone replacement medicines. Rachel Reiff Ellis, Woman's Day, "How a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Gave One Woman a New Lease on Life," 17 Mar. 2020 A year later, blood samples were collected from the patients for analysis of fasting and postprandial levels of ghrelin, leptin, peptide YY, amylin and other hormones. Daniel Engber, Scientific American, "Unexpected Clues Emerge About Why Diets Fail," 13 Jan. 2020 More than 16,000 women ages 50 to 70 were given combination hormone or dummy pills for five to six years. BostonGlobe.com, "Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades - The Boston Globe," 14 Dec. 2019 More than 16,000 women ages 50 to 70 were given combination hormone or dummy pills for five to six years. Marilynn Marchione, SFChronicle.com, "Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decade," 14 Dec. 2019 In reality, they were crammed together in their South Slope apartment, the kitchen full of hormone-free milk, gooey dates, and goat cheese. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 8 Dec. 2019 Even today, agricultural stipulations are stringent—all Tasmanian meat, for instance, is raised hormone-free. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tasmania Has Become a Must-Visit Australian Destination," 2 Dec. 2019 Earlier this month, Trump praised a recent deal to open the EU to more hormone-free U.S. beef. Washington Post, "Trump’s Wine War Is Giving Macron a Headache," 12 Aug. 2019 Inside, the 120-year-old house is humming as diners enjoy chicken salad, spinach quiche, strawberry crepes, hormone-free burgers and the café's famous tomato pie. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al.com, "The story behind Mentone’s Wildflower Cafe and the woman who keeps it funky," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of hormone

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hormone

Greek hormōn, present participle of horman to stir up, from hormē impulse, assault; akin to Greek ornynai to rouse — more at rise

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The first known use of hormone was in 1905

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29 Mar 2020

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“Hormone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormone. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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hormone

noun
How to pronounce hormone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hormone

: a natural substance that is produced in the body and that influences the way the body grows or develops

hormone

noun
hor·​mone | \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce hormone (audio) \

Kids Definition of hormone

: any of various chemical substances produced by body cells and released especially into the blood and having a specific effect on cells or organs of the body usually at a distance from the place of origin

hormone

noun
hor·​mone | \ ˈhȯr-ˌmōn How to pronounce hormone (audio) \

Medical Definition of hormone

1a : a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually a distance from its point of synthesis Some people develop insulin resistance, a condition in which response to the hormone is muted and the body must produce excess insulin to maintain healthy blood-glucose concentrations.— Ben Harder, Science News, 18 May 2002
b : a synthetic substance that acts like a hormone
2 : sex hormone I discovered I had the classic signs of perimenopause, the prelude to "the change" when hormones yo-yo before menstrual periods cease altogether …— Beth Witrogen McLeod, Cooking Light, April 2000

Other Words from hormone

hormonelike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hormonelike (audio) \ adjective

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