Definition of aromatase in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈrōməˌtās/


An adrenal enzyme that converts androstenedione and estrone to estrogen. Inhibiting its action is one approach to breast cancer prevention and treatment.
Example sentences
  • Aromatase inhibitors reduce estrogen levels in a woman's body by preventing an enzyme called aromatase from converting other hormones to estrogen.
  • Testosterone is converted to estrogen by aromatase enzymes that are present throughout the body, but the relationship between serum testosterone concentration levels and cognitive function in elderly women has not been studied.
  • Based on work done in other laboratories, Hayes' team suspects that atrazine feminizes the frogs by increasing production of an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone to estrogen.

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Syllabification: a·ro·ma·tase

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