Adjective "progesterone" definition and examples

(Progesterone may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/prəˈdʒɛstərəʊn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A steroid hormone released by the corpus luteum that stimulates the uterus to prepare for pregnancy.
  1. 'You stick it on your skin and it releases two hormones - oestrogen and progesterone.'
  2. 'During pregnancy, the amount of two female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, increases.'

More definitions

1. Biochemistry. a hormone, C 2 1 H 3 0 O 2 , that prepares the uterus for the fertilized ovum and maintains pregnancy.

2. 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"gels can be progesterone."

"deficiencies can be progesterone."

"systems can be progesterone."

"supplements can be progesterone."

"replacements can be progesterone."

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Origin

1930s: blend of progestin and the German synonym Luteosteron (from corpus luteum + sterol).