/ (ˈiːstrədʒən, ˈɛstrə-) /
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
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Derived forms of oestrogenoestrogenic (ˌiːstrəˈdʒɛnɪk, ˌɛstrə-) or US estrogenic (ˌɛstrəˈdʒɛnɪk, ˌiːstrə-), adjectiveoestrogenically or US estrogenically, adverb
Word Origin for oestrogen
C20: from oestrus + -gen
Words nearby oestrogen
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Example sentences from the Web for oestrogen
Turing was offered the option of two years in prison or oestrogen injections—tantamount to chemical castration.Oscar's Battle of the Brits: Pals Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne Vie for the Gold|Marlow Stern|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was given the choice of two years in prison or oestrogen injections, tantamount to chemical castration.Benedict Cumberbatch on 'The Imitation Game,' Homophobia, and How to Combat ISIS|Marlow Stern|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Medical definitions for oestrogen
[ ĕs′trə-jən ]
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