medroxyprogesterone acetate

noun

me·​droxy·​pro·​ges·​ter·​one acetate me-ˌdräk-sē-prō-ˈje-stə-ˌrōn- How to pronounce medroxyprogesterone acetate (audio)
variants or medroxyprogesterone
: a synthetic progesterone C24H34O4 that is administered by injection as a long-acting contraceptive or is taken orally especially to treat amenorrhea and abnormal uterine bleeding and in conjunction with estrogen to relieve the symptoms of menopause and prevent osteoporosis

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The hormone is known as DMPA, for intramuscular depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, and is marketed by Pfizer under the brand name Depo-Provera. New York Times, 13 June 2019 The shot Depo-Provera, also called the shot, is the brand name for medroxyprogesterone acetate, a form of progestin, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, 16 Jan. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

medr-, alteration of methylhydroxyl containing a methyl and hydroxyl group + oxy + progesterone

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of medroxyprogesterone acetate was in 1960

Dictionary Entries Near medroxyprogesterone acetate

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Cite this Entry

“Medroxyprogesterone acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medroxyprogesterone%20acetate. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

medroxyprogesterone acetate

noun

me·​droxy·​pro·​ges·​ter·​one acetate me-ˌdräk-sē-prō-ˈjes-tə-ˌrōn- How to pronounce medroxyprogesterone acetate (audio)
variants also medroxyprogesterone
: a synthetic progesterone C24H34O4 that is administered orally especially to treat amenorrhea and abnormal uterine bleeding and in conjunction with conjugated estrogens to relieve the symptoms of menopause and to prevent osteoporosis and that is administered by injection as a long-acting contraceptive

Note: Medroxyprogesterone acetate is marketed under the trademarks Provera and Depo-Provera and when used in combination with conjugated estrogens, under the trademarks Prempro and Premphase.

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