- an orally active progestin, C20H26O2, used as a progesterone, especially as an oral contraceptive in combination with an estrogen.
Origin of norethindrone
by shortening and alteration of parts of its chemical name
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- A progestational agent with some estrogenic and androgenic activity that is used as a substitute for progesterone and, in combination with an estrogen, as an oral contraceptive.
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