oestrogen

US estrogen

/ (ˈiːstrədʒən, ˈɛstrə-) /


noun
  1. any of several steroid hormones, that are secreted chiefly by the ovaries and placenta, that induce oestrus, stimulate changes in the female reproductive organs during the oestrous cycle, and promote development of female secondary sexual characteristics

Origin of oestrogen

1
C20: from oestrus + -gen

Derived forms of oestrogen

  • oestrogenic (ˌiːstrəˈdʒɛnɪk, ˌɛstrə-) or US estrogenic (ˌɛstrəˈdʒɛnɪk, ˌiːstrə-), adjective
  • oestrogenically or US estrogenically, adverb

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