hormone therapy

noun

Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: such as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or to inhibit the effects of a hormone (such as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones (such as estrogen or testosterone) or other agents (such as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of a transgender or gender nonconforming individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

Examples of hormone therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday's lawsuit in Texas was filed on behalf of families of three boys — two 16-year-olds and a 14-year-old — who have been receiving hormone therapy. CBS News, 9 June 2022 The Texas Tribune reported that Legacy Community Health, also in Houston, quietly paused hormone therapy for teens as well. Sandy West, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 Rates of depression were significantly lower among those who had received hormone therapy, and rates of having attempted suicide trended lower, though the difference was not significant. Wired, 20 July 2022 Alabama officials are trying to enforce a law that prohibits the use of puberty blockers, hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgeries for minors. al, 29 June 2022 Some researchers believe that transgender females who begin hormone therapy after puberty have already benefited because their bodies developed without mitigation. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 The following week, news broke in Texas that the only gender clinic for adolescents that provides hormone therapy in the Dallas region, Genecis, was being disbanded, a result of political pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Zemlianytska started hormone therapy last December. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 14 June 2022 While in therapy, Fleming discovered research linking access to gender-affirming hormone therapy with reduced depression in transgender people. Heather Boerner, Scientific American, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hormone therapy

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hormone therapy was in 1914

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7 Aug 2022

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“Hormone therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormone%20therapy. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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hormone therapy

noun
variants: or hormonal therapy

Medical Definition of hormone therapy

: the therapeutic use of hormones: as
a : the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body especially : hormone replacement therapy
b : therapy involving the use of drugs or surgical procedures to suppress the production of or inhibit the effects of a hormone (as estrogen or testosterone) hormone therapy to treat breast or prostate cancer
c : the administration or use of sex hormones or other agents (as antiandrogens) to suppress or induce the development of certain secondary sex characteristics to better align with the gender identity of an individual Many transgender people take lifelong hormone therapy— Carina Storrs

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