human chorionic gonadotropin


Definition of human chorionic gonadotropin 

: a glycoprotein hormone similar in structure to luteinizing hormone that is secreted by the placenta during early pregnancy to maintain corpus luteum function and is commonly tested for as an indicator of pregnancy

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At-home pregnancy tests—including Lia—look for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your pee. Korin Miller, SELF, "You Can Flush This Pregnancy Test After You Take It," 13 Dec. 2017 For example, when a woman becomes pregnant, her placenta produces human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "A fascinating look at antibody-based technology. Really.," 29 Oct. 2017 Those little pee sticks look for the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which is produced during pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, "Missed Period and Negative Pregnancy Test? Here's What to Do Next," 27 Oct. 2017 Pregnancy tests measure the level of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG for short) that's produced by the placenta — in other words, only present in pregnant people. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "Here’s When You Should Take a Pregnancy Test," 13 Sep. 2017 This marks Cushing's second positive test for performance enhancing drugs after testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (a fertility drug) as a rookie in 2010. Chris Chavez,, "Texans' Brian Cushing Suspended 10 Games for Violating League's PED Policy," 13 Sep. 2017 Doctors believe the cause of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy to be rapidly rising blood levels of a hormone called HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, which is released by the placenta, according to the National Institutes of Health. Janice Lloyd And Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?," 4 Sep. 2017

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Medical Definition of human chorionic gonadotropin 

: a glycoprotein hormone similar in structure to luteinizing hormone that is secreted by the placenta during early pregnancy to maintain corpus luteum function and stimulate placental progesterone production, is found in the urine and blood serum of pregnant women, is commonly tested for as an indicator of pregnancy, is used medically to induce ovulation and to treat male hypogonadism and cryptorchidism, and is produced in certain cancers (as of the testes) abbreviation HCG

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