Biochemistry. a hormone, C21H30O2, that prepares the uterus for the fertilized ovum and maintains pregnancy.
Pharmacology. a commercial form of this compound, obtained from the corpus luteum of pregnant sows or synthesized: used in the treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, dysmenorrhea, threatened or recurrent abortion, etc.
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How to use progesterone in a sentence
Estrogen—and the hormone progesterone, to a lesser extent—is believed to be involved in the body’s immune response and may limit inflammation, he says.Women Seem to Have Better COVID-19 Outcomes Than Men. Here’s a Theory Why | Tara Law | February 18, 2022 | Time
Triple negative cancer lacks the molecular flags—for estrogen, progesterone or HER2—that common breast cancer drugs target.New Study Explores if a Vaccine Can Prevent Breast Cancer | Alice Park | November 29, 2021 | Time
Meanwhile, experts and activists made the connection between progesterone and birth control, because progesterone prevents ovulation during pregnancy.Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution. Why isn’t he better known? | Carmen Drahl | September 21, 2021 | Science News
Djerassi and Syntex director George Rosenkranz wanted a progesterone pill.Luis Miramontes helped enable the sexual revolution. Why isn’t he better known? | Carmen Drahl | September 21, 2021 | Science News
The “female” hormones estrogen and progesterone, along with others, were directing the orchestra.How medicine sought to control women’s bodies while ignoring their symptoms | Susan Okie | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Other uteri, tainted by low, regular doses of progesterone and/or witchcraft, become evil.
Turns out, she was just putting on too much progesterone cream.
"For three months she had to take huge progesterone shots in her back every day," Mindy said of Gina's ordeal.
British Dictionary definitions for progesterone
a steroid hormone, secreted mainly by the corpus luteum in the ovary, that prepares and maintains the uterus for pregnancy. Formula: C 21 H 30 O 2: Also called: corpus luteum hormone
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Scientific definitions for progesterone
A steroid hormone that prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy, and promotes development of the mammary glands. The main sources of progesterone are the ovary and the placenta. Chemical formula: C21H30O2.
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