polycystic ovary syndrome

noun

: a variable disease that is marked by amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, infertility, and ovarian enlargement and is usually initiated by an elevated level of luteinizing hormone, androgen, or estrogen which results in an abnormal cycle of gonadotropin release by the pituitary gland

called also polycystic ovarian syndrome

Examples of polycystic ovary syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patients were told for years that cutting calories would ease the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Alice Callahan, New York Times, 6 May 2024 Hendrick has polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 This includes hypothyroidism, when the thyroid gland produces too few hormones, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance that affects ovulation.56 Once diagnosed, these conditions can be treated with medication to help regulate hormones, reducing the spotting episodes. Cristina Mutchler, Health, 7 Apr. 2024 Getting enough vitamin D may be especially beneficial for those with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and inflammatory conditions like endometriosis. Casey Seiden, Parents, 22 Mar. 2024 Daniela Wood struggled with infertility after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 My wife is unable to bear children due to polycystic ovary syndrome, and this has put a strain on our hopes of starting a family. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Chromium has also been studied for blood sugar control among people with diabetes, high cholesterol and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but results are mixed and not robust enough to support official recommendations, the NIH says. Katie Camero, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 And there is some evidence that precocious puberty correlates with higher rates of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can cause period irregularity and cysts to grow outside one’s ovaries. Alexa Lee, STAT, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Polycystic ovary syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polycystic%20ovary%20syndrome. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

polycystic ovary syndrome

noun
: a variable disorder that is marked especially by amenorrhea, hirsutism, obesity, infertility, and ovarian enlargement and is usually initiated by an elevated level of luteinizing hormone, androgen, or estrogen which results in an abnormal cycle of gonadotropin release by the pituitary gland
abbreviation PCOS

called also polycystic ovarian disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, polycystic ovary disease, Stein-Leventhal syndrome

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