polycystic ovary syndrome

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polycystic ovary syndrome

n. Abbr. PCOS
An endocrine disorder usually associated with multiple cysts within the ovaries and excess levels of androgens, characterized by hirsutism, acne, menstrual irregularity, infertility, and often insulin resistance.

polycystic ovary syndrome

n
(Pathology) a hormonal disorder in which the Graafian follicles in the ovary fail to develop completely so that they are unable to ovulate, remaining as multiple cysts that distend the ovary. The results can include reduced fertility, obesity, and hirsutism. Abbreviation: PCOS
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In 1935, Stein and Leventhal first described polycystic ovarian disease in a series of 7 women who presented with bilateral polycystic ovaries, amenorrhea, hirsutism and obesity, hence the eponym "Stein-Leventhal syndrome".1 Later with the uncovering of its association with metabolic disorders like insulin resistance, obesity, type II diabetes and altered lipid profile it was named as polycystic ovarian syndrome.2,3
PCOS used to be called Stein-Leventhal syndrome when it was first recognized in the 1930s.
Treatment of anovulation in the Stein-Leventhal syndrome. Analysis of 90 cases.