verb (used without object), lu·te·in·ized, lu·te·in·iz·ing.
  1. to undergo transformation into corpora lutea.
Also especially British, lu·te·in·ise.

Origin of luteinize

First recorded in 1925–30; lutein + -ize
Related formslu·te·in·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

luteinization in Medicine


  1. The transformation of the mature ovarian follicle into a corpus luteum.
Related formslute•in•ize′ (lōōtē-ə-nīz′) v.
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