estrogen [es-truh-juh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun Biochemistry.

  1. any of several major female sex hormones produced primarily by the ovarian follicles of female mammals, capable of inducing estrus, developing and maintaining secondary female sex characteristics, and preparing the uterus for the reception of a fertilized egg: used, especially in synthetic form, as a component of oral contraceptives, in certain cancer treatments, and in other therapies.

Origin of estrogen First recorded in 1925–30; estr(us) + -o- + -gen Related formsan·ti·es·tro·gen, noun Examples from the Web for estrogen Contemporary Examples of estrogen

  • In fact, the estrogen that they employed did worse than castrate the subject—it could act as a cerebral depressant.

    The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero

    Clive Irving

    November 29, 2014

  • All 10 girls were in every single day, so there was a lot of estrogen.

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    July 24, 2014

  • It has an enormous dose of estrogen in it, leading to many voluptuous prisoners in New York state prisons.

    Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison

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    June 21, 2014

  • Orange Is the New Black returns to Netflix with a wildly addictive potion of darkness, estrogen, and one-liners.

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    May 16, 2014

  • Manning would likely be prescribed some form of estrogen that would be taken orally, through injection, or by a skin patch.

    Hormone Therapy Is More Than Just a Physical Process

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  • British Dictionary definitions for estrogen estrogen noun

    1. the usual US spelling of oestrogen

    Derived Formsestrogenic (ˌɛstrəˈdʒɛnɪk, ˌiːstrə-), adjectiveestrogenically, adverb Word Origin and History for estrogen n.

    coined 1927 from estrus + -gen. So called for the hormone’s ability to produce estrus.

    estrogen in Medicine estrogen n.

    1. Any of several natural or synthetic substances formed by the ovary, placenta, testis, and certain plants, that stimulate the female secondary sex characteristics, exert systemic effects such as the growth and maturation of long bones, and are used to treat disorders due to estrogen deficiency and to ameliorate cancers of the breast and prostate.estrin

    estrogen in Science estrogen [ĕs′trə-jən]

    1. Any of a group of steroid hormones that primarily regulate the growth, development, and function of the female reproductive system. The main sources of estrogen in the body are the ovaries and the placenta. Estrogen-like compounds are also formed by certain plants.

    estrogen in Culture estrogen [(es-truh-juhn)]

    A group of hormones, secreted mainly by the ovaries, that influence the female reproductive system in many ways, notably in preparing the body for ovulation and in the development of female secondary sex characteristics.

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