progesterone

noun
pro·ges·ter·one | \ prō-ˈje-stə-ˌrōn \

Definition of progesterone 

: a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus also : a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action

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Ambiguous results plagued small studies that tested mifepristone to control meningioma, a slow-growing brain tumor with progesterone receptors. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Can the abortion pill treat advanced lung cancer? This infertility expert wants to find out," 3 July 2018 Zookeepers confirmed the pregnancy with a blood test that showed high levels of progesterone. Washington Post, "Once known as the awkward rhino, Stormy fathers baby," 6 July 2018 Dietary deficiencies, abnormal sleep schedules, and stress all release cortisol, which in turn reduces progesterone and estrogen, potentially delaying ovulation, says Kecia Gaither, M.D., an ob-gyn]. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Can You Really Hack Your Period to Make It More Regular?," 25 Jan. 2018 Younger women with breast cancer most likely have the triple negative type (estrogen, progesterone and HER2-negative cancer), which, for now, is still most effectively treated by chemotherapy. Elizabeth Varnell, Vogue, "Many Women With Breast Cancer Can Now Skip Chemo, According to a New Study," 4 June 2018 During pregnancy, your body has higher-than-usual amounts of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to support the pregnancy, Julie Levitt, M.D., an ob/gyn with The Women’s Group of Northwestern, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "'Scandal' Star Katie Lowes Says It Took Her Body 3 Months to Adjust After Her Miscarriage," 22 May 2018 Higher levels of the hormone progesterone in the blubber showed that an average of 63.5 percent of those females were pregnant when sampled. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Antarctica’s Waters May Soon Harbor a Boom of Baby Humpback Whales," 5 May 2018 This endometrial tissue, like that in the uterus, changes with the monthly cycle of estrogen and progesterone, causing pain and sometimes bleeding. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "The Woman Was Fit and Healthy. Why Did Her Lung Mysteriously Collapse?," 28 Mar. 2018 Some patients are prescribed supplemental hormones like progesterone, which are thought to work by stopping the growth of endometrial tissue. Nina Bahadur, Glamour, "Why Do We Know So Little About Endometriosis?," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of progesterone

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for progesterone

progestin + -sterone

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progesterone

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English Language Learners Definition of progesterone

medical : a substance (called a hormone) that occurs naturally in women and female animals

progesterone

noun
pro·ges·ter·one | \ prō-ˈjes-tə-ˌrōn \

Medical Definition of progesterone 

: a female steroid sex hormone C21H30O2 that is secreted by the corpus luteum to prepare the endometrium for implantation and later by the placenta during pregnancy to prevent rejection of the developing embryo or fetus also : a synthetic steroid resembling progesterone in action

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