lu·​te·​al | \ ˈlü-tē-əl How to pronounce luteal (audio) \

Definition of luteal

: of, relating to, or involving the corpus luteum or its formation the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle

Examples of luteal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many studies show that women in their luteal phase crave more carbohydrates compared to during their follicular phase. Sara Twogood, Quartz, "The science behind why you crave carbs when you’re on your period," 7 Aug. 2019 Those faintly balmy conditions are linked to a surge in progesterone in the latter half of the menstrual cycle, called the luteal phase. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of luteal

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Luteal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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lu·​te·​al | \ ˈlüt-ē-əl How to pronounce luteal (audio) \

Medical Definition of luteal

: of, relating to, characterized by, or involving the corpus luteum or its formation the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle luteal activity

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