Biochemistry. an estrogenic hormone, C 18 H 24 O 2 , produced by the maturing Graafian follicle, that causes proliferation and thickening of the tissues and blood vessels of the endometrium.
Pharmacology. a commercial form of this compound, obtained from the urine of pregnant humans and mares or synthesized, used in the treatment of estrogen deficiency and certain menopausal and postmenopausal conditions.
1930-35;estra- (combining form representing estrin) + di-1 + -ol1