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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "‘Burn this letter xoxo’: Fake weight loss nurse tried to hire a hitman from Florida jail, police say," 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, "When Miscarriage Is a Relief," 28 Oct. 2019 The bill also bars terminations of pregnancies confirmed by the presence of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). al, "Tennessee may soon pass abortion bill similar to Alabama’s," 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, "8 Facts to Know About Chemical Pregnancies," 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, "What You Need to Know About the U.K. Pregnancy Test Recall," 8 Oct. 2018 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

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Human chorionic gonadotropin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20chorionic%20gonadotropin. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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