pro·​ges·​to·​gen | \ prō-ˈje-stə-jən How to pronounce progestogen (audio) \

Definition of progestogen

: a naturally occurring or synthetic progestational steroid

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Other Words from progestogen

progestogenic \ prō-​ˌje-​stə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce progestogen (audio) \ adjective

Examples of progestogen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take, for example, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), which is estrogen (and the addition of a progestogen for women with a uterus to prevent the estrogen from causing endometrial cancer). Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Glamour, "Are You There, God? It’s Me, Menopause," 19 Oct. 2020 My options reduced, the progestogen-only pill (POP) was all that was left. Vicky Spratt,, "Will I Ever Know Why I React So Badly To The Pill?," 8 Sep. 2020 For example, for women who took treatments involving estrogen plus daily progestogen for five years, the rate of breast cancer was 8.3 per every 100 women., "Major study sheds more light on hormone therapy’s ties to breast cancer," 19 Sep. 2019 For Thornton’s lab, this means the estrogen receptor and a related receptor that handles other steroid hormones like androgens, progestogens, and corticosteroids. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Evolution on steroids: Chance ruled in building an estrogen receptor," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of progestogen

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for progestogen

progestational + -ogen (as in estrogen)

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The first known use of progestogen was circa 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Progestogen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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variants: also progestagen \ -​ˈjes-​tə-​jən How to pronounce progestogen (audio) \

Medical Definition of progestogen

: a naturally occurring or synthetic progestational steroid

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