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

Definition of medroxyprogesterone acetate

: 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

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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, "Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, Does Not Raise H.I.V. Risk," 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, "How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of medroxyprogesterone acetate

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medroxyprogesterone acetate

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

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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

Medical Definition of medroxyprogesterone acetate

: 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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