human chorionic gonadotropin

noun

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

Examples of human chorionic gonadotropin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the unfamiliar, HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone made during pregnancy which has been used, incorrectly, for weight loss. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 22 Oct. 2021 After that happens, the body starts to produce human chorionic gonadotropin, a chemical that is detected by pregnancy tests. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 When undercover investigators showed up, posing as potential clients, Lopez allegedly offered them human chorionic gonadotropin, a prescription hormone, as well as meal-replacement powders and syringes. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2019 Because of her history, Waldron underwent a slew of early blood tests and ultrasounds with her high-risk fertility doctor that showed her levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), commonly called the pregnancy hormone, were up and down. Kaelyn Forde, Glamour, 28 Oct. 2019 The bill also bars terminations of pregnancies confirmed by the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). al, 13 Aug. 2019 At-home pregnancy tests look for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is a hormone from your placenta (the organ that helps maintain and nourish a pregnancy). Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Sep. 2018 At-home pregnancy tests work by detecting the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which your body produces during pregnancy. Korin Miller, SELF, 8 Oct. 2018 At-home pregnancy tests—including Lia—look for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your pee. Korin Miller, SELF, 13 Dec. 2017 See More

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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human chorionic gonadotropin

noun

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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