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go·nad·o·tro·pin(gō-năd′ə-trō′pĭn, -trŏp′ĭn) also go·nad·o·tro·phin (-trō′fĭn, -trō′pĭn)
A hormone that stimulates the growth and activity of the gonads, especially any of several pituitary hormones that stimulate the function of the ovaries and testes.
ˌgonadoˈtrophic, ˌgonadoˈtropic adj
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|Noun||1.||gonadotrophin - hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland and placenta; stimulates the gonads and controls reproductive activity|
endocrine, hormone, internal secretion - the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
follicle-stimulating hormone, FSH - a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary and stimulates growth of Graafian follicles in female mammals, and activates the cells in male mammals that form sperm
HCG, human chorionic gonadotrophin, human chorionic gonadotropin - hormone produced early in pregnancy by the placenta; detection in the urine and serum is the basis for one kind of pregnancy test
ICSH, interstitial cell-stimulating hormone, LH, luteinizing hormone - a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary; stimulates ovulation in female mammals and stimulates androgen release in male mammals