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relaxin

[ri-lak-sin]
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noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.
  1. a polypeptide hormone produced by the corpus luteum during pregnancy that causes the pelvic ligaments and cervix to relax during pregnancy and delivery.

Origin of relaxin

First recorded in 1925–30; relax + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for relaxin

relaxin

noun
  1. a mammalian polypeptide hormone secreted by the corpus luteum during pregnancy, which relaxes the pelvic ligaments
  2. a preparation of this hormone, used to facilitate childbirth

Word Origin

C20: from relax + -in
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relaxin in Medicine

relaxin

(rĭ-lăksĭn)
n.
  1. A female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth.
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