Definition of oestrogen in English:

oestrogen

Line breaks: oes¦tro|gen
Pronunciation: /ˈiːstrədʒ(ə)n
 
, ˈɛstrə-/
(US estrogen)

noun

  • Any of a group of steroid hormones which promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics of the body. Such hormones are also produced artificially for use in oral contraceptives or to treat menopausal and menstrual disorders: there is a monthly cycle of oestrogens and progesterone
    More example sentences
    • Furthermore, they discovered that female hormones - estrogens such as estradiol - are to thank for this healthy restraint.
    • The combined contraceptive pill contains the hormone oestrogen as well as progestogen.
    • In this form of therapy, women take a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin.

Derivatives

oestrogenic

Pronunciation: /-ˈdʒɛnɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Isoflavonoids are biologically active, with well-established estrogenic and fungicidal functions.
  • Consequently, androgenic or estrogenic pathways in the brain can be independently activated by T derived from blood.
  • In some studies, investigators have reported that DDT and its metabolites have estrogenic effects in animals and in vitro.

Origin

1920s: from oestrus + -gen.

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