[loo-tee-uh l]

Origin of luteal

First recorded in 1925–30; (corpus) lute(um) + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for luteal


  1. relating to or characterized by the development of the corpus luteumthe luteal phase of the oestrous cycle

Word Origin for luteal

C20: from Latin lūteus yellow, relating to lūtum a yellow weed
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Word Origin and History for luteal

"pertaining to the corpus luteum," 1906, from Latin luteus "yellow" (see luteous). Luteal phase is attested by 1932.

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luteal in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or involving the corpus luteum.
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