re·​lax·​in | \ ri-ˈlak-sən How to pronounce relaxin (audio) \

Definition of relaxin

: a sex hormone of the corpus luteum that facilitates birth by causing relaxation of the pelvic ligaments

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Recent Examples on the Web Your posture and movement habits change during pregnancy from carrying around extra weight in new places, and your body also produces the hormones relaxin and progesterone, which loosen your ligaments and joints. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, "Postpartum Body Changes You Should Know About," 17 Apr. 2020 Also, during pregnancy, your body releases the hormone relaxin to loosen up the ligaments in joints in your pelvis so the baby can eventually fit through the birth canal. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Ways to Make Sleep More Comfortable When You’re Pregnant," 31 Jan. 2019 For instance, during pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin that relaxes the ligaments in your pelvis. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Surprising Reasons Why It's So Hard to Get Back Into Working Out After Pregnancy," 11 May 2018 Wolf pregnancies, for example, can be tested using commercial dog pregnancy kits that detect a hormone called relaxin. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "It's Really Hard to Know When a Zoo Animal Is Pregnant," 15 Dec. 2017 Her feet and hips were more mobile, too -- a consequence of a hormone called relaxin which loosens ligaments and tendons in preparedness for giving birth. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Can Serena Williams return to the top of tennis after giving birth?," 22 May 2017

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Relaxin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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re·​lax·​in | \ ri-ˈlak-sən How to pronounce relaxin (audio) \

Medical Definition of relaxin

: a polypeptide sex hormone of the corpus luteum that facilitates birth by causing relaxation of the pelvic ligaments

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