selective estrogen receptor modulator

noun

Definition of selective estrogen receptor modulator

:any of a class of drugs (such as raloxifene or tamoxifen) that bind with estrogen receptors (as of the breast, uterus, or bone) and act as agonists to enhance estrogen activity in some tissues and as antagonists to inhibit estrogen activity in other tissues
  • … a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM, has estrogenlike effects on bone but acts like an antiestrogen in breast and uterine tissue, thus protecting against hormone-stimulated cancers …
  • —Jane E. Brody
called also SERM

First Known Use of selective estrogen receptor modulator

1994


Medical Dictionary

selective estrogen receptor modulator

noun

medical Definition of selective estrogen receptor modulator

:any of a class of drugs (as raloxifene or tamoxifen) that bind with estrogen receptors (as of the breast, uterus, or bone) and act as agonists to enhance estrogen activity in some tissues and as antagonists to inhibit estrogen activity in other tissues
  • … a selective estrogen receptor modulator, or SERM, has estrogenlike effects on bone but acts like an antiestrogen in breast and uterine tissue, thus protecting against hormone-stimulated cancers …
  • —Jane E. BrodyThe New York Times22 Apr. 2003
  • Selective estrogen receptor modulators, a newer group of agents, maximize the beneficial effects of estrogen on bone and minimize its deleterious effects on the breast and endometrium.
  • —Charles MarwickThe Journal of the American Medical Association26 Apr. 2000
called also SERM

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