hormone therapy

noun

: the therapeutic use of hormones: such as
a
: the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body
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 therapyCarina Storrs

Examples of hormone therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new policy also blocks transgender women or nonbinary students who are receiving masculinizing hormone therapy. Lucia Suarez Sang, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2024 Under the new rules, transgender men and boys can participate on women’s teams without limitation if they were assigned female at birth and have not begun hormone therapy. Justin Gamble, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 All of these symptoms can be treated with options like medication, hormone therapy, and lifestyle changes.18 10. Cristina Mutchler, Health, 7 Apr. 2024 And the hormone therapy used was a high-dose hormone distilled from horse estrogens. Maggie Fox, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 The child had taken puberty-delaying medications and hormone therapy. Reuters, NBC News, 30 Mar. 2024 At this point, Jones said, there is no reason to believe the Kansas Legislature couldn’t continue to pursue right-wing policies like bans on hormone therapy and gender affirming surgery for transgender youth. Katie Bernard, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 There’s also the risk of infertility if children go straight from puberty blockers to hormone therapy, experts said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 The law, signed last year by Gov. Eric Holcomb, bans doctors from performing gender reassignment surgery or prescribing medication, like puberty blockers or hormone therapy, to those under 18 years old. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hormone therapy was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Hormone therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hormone%20therapy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

hormone therapy

noun
variants or hormonal therapy
: the therapeutic use of hormones: as
a
: the administration of hormones especially to increase diminished levels in the body
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 therapyCarina Storrs
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