- a polypeptide hormone produced by the corpus luteum during pregnancy that causes the pelvic ligaments and cervix to relax during pregnancy and delivery.
Origin of relaxin
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- 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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- A female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth.
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