[ ri-lak-sin ]
/ rɪˈlæk sɪn /
noun Biochemistry, Pharmacology.
a polypeptide hormone produced by the corpus luteum during pregnancy that causes the pelvic ligaments and cervix to relax during pregnancy and delivery.
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British Dictionary definitions for relaxin
/ (rɪˈlæksɪn) /
a mammalian polypeptide hormone secreted by the corpus luteum during pregnancy, which relaxes the pelvic ligaments
a preparation of this hormone, used to facilitate childbirth
Word Origin for relaxin
C20: from relax + -in
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Medicine definitions for relaxin
[ rĭ-lăk′sĭn ]
A female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth.
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