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ESTROGEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does estrogen mean? 

ESTROGEN (noun)
  The noun ESTROGEN has 1 sense:

1. a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics

  Familiarity information: ESTROGEN used as a noun is very rare.


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ESTROGEN (noun)


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Meaning:

A general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

estrogen; oestrogen

Hypernyms ("estrogen" is a kind of...):

sex hormone; steroid; steroid hormone (any hormone affecting the development and growth of sex organs)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "estrogen"):

DES; diethylstilbestrol; diethylstilboestrol; stilbestrol; stilboestrol (a potent estrogen used in medicine and in feed for livestock and poultry)

estradiol; oestradiol (the most powerful female hormone that occurs naturally; synthesized and used to treat estrogen deficiency and breast cancer)

estriol; oestriol (a naturally occurring estrogenic hormone; a synthetic form is used to treat estrogen deficiency)

estrone; Estronol; oestrone; theelin (a naturally occurring weak estrogenic hormone secreted by the mammalian ovary; synthesized (trade name Estronol) and used to treat estrogen deficiency)

hexestrol (estrogen compound used to treat menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms and to prevent pregnancy)

mestranol (a synthetic form of estrogen used in combination with a progestin in oral contraceptives)


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