|estrogen (ˈɛstrədʒən, ˈiːstrə-)|
|the usual US spelling of oestrogen|
estrogen es·tro·gen or oes·tro·gen (ěs'trə-jən)
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. Also called estrin.
|estrogen (ěs'trə-jən) Pronunciation Key
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.