sex hormone


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sex hormone

n.
Any of various hormones, such as estrogen and androgen, affecting the growth or function of the reproductive organs, the development of secondary sex characteristics, and the reproductive behavior of vertebrates.

sex hormone

n
(Biochemistry) an animal hormone affecting development and growth of reproductive organs and related parts

sex′ hor`mone


n.
any of a class of steroid hormones that regulate the growth and function of the reproductive organs or stimulate the development of the secondary sexual characteristics.
[1935–40]

sex hormone

A steroid hormone that regulates the sexual development of an organism and is needed for reproduction. Testosterone and estrogen are sex hormones.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sex hormone - any hormone affecting the development and growth of sex organs
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
progestin, progestogen - any of a group of steroid hormones that have the effect of progesterone
androgen, androgenic hormone - male sex hormone that is produced in the testes and responsible for typical male sexual characteristics
estrogen, oestrogen - a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics
adrenal cortical steroid, corticoid, corticosteroid - a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex or synthesized; administered as drugs they reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response; "adrenal cortical steroids are used to treat many different conditions"
anabolic steroid - any of a group of synthetic steroid hormones used to stimulate muscle and bone growth; more than 100 have been developed and each requires a prescription to be used legally in the United States; sometimes used illicitly by athletes to increase their strength
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In addition, it was to determine differences between enzyme activity and the effect of the mammalian sex hormone on differentiation of regenere plantlets.
According to The New York Post, beers loaded with hops contain a high amount of phytoestrogen-a plant-derived chemical that is similar to the female sex hormone estrogen.
Research has found antimicrobial products contain chemicals that weaken cells and reduce the sex hormone oestrogen.
The patient had received regularly IVIG treatment at a dose of 400 mg/kg for 3 days per month and ceftazidime anti-infection therapy, without sequential provision of any sex hormone.
She said: "It is known that belly fat increases risk of several chronic diseases but for reducing sex hormone levels total body fat seems more important.
Objective: To investigate the association of circulating levels of sex hormone binding globulin with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
ST AIA-PACK SHBG is designed for In Vitro Diagnostic Use Only for the quantitative measurement of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) in human serum or Na heparinized plasma on TOSOH AIA System Analyzers.
Preliminary results from the phase 2 clinical trial of sex hormone estriol [1] in women with MS show interesting results that call for further study.
Rubin said that male brain tumor risk remained higher throughout life despite major age-linked shifts in sex hormone production in males and females and if the sex hormones were causing this effect, the would see major changes in the relative rates of brain tumors in males and females at puberty but they did not happen then or later in life when menopause changed female sex hormone production.
That's because the pituitary gland in his brain, which governs the production of the male sex hormone, has been switched on in the night and levels have been steadily rising until dawn.
Sometimes it can be sex hormone related but this is less common than we assume.
Excess weight had the strongest influence on levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen, which are known to fuel around three-quarters of breast tumours.