What does estrogen mean?

Definitions for estrogenˈɛs trə dʒən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. estrogen, oestrogen(noun)

    a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics


  1. estrogen(Noun)

    Any of a group of steroids that are secreted by the ovaries and function as female sex hormones.


  1. Estrogen

    Estrogens or Oestrogens, are a group of compounds named for their importance in both menstrual and estrous reproductive cycles. They are the primary female sex hormones. Natural estrogens are steroid hormones, while some synthetic ones are non-steroidal. The name comes from the Greek οἶστρος, literally meaning "gadfly" but figuratively sexual passion or desire, and the suffix -gen, meaning "producer of". Estrogens are synthesized in all vertebrates as well as some insects. Their presence in both vertebrates and insects suggests that estrogenic sex hormones have an ancient evolutionary history. Estrogens are used as part of some oral contraceptives, in estrogen replacement therapy for postmenopausal women, and in hormone replacement therapy for trans women. Like all steroid hormones, estrogens readily diffuse across the cell membrane. Once inside the cell, they bind to and activate estrogen receptors which in turn modulate the expression of many genes. Additionally, estrogens have been shown to activate a G protein-coupled receptor, GPR30.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of estrogen in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of estrogen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lisa Richardson:

    The thing that seems to drive breast cancer is total exposure to estrogen over a lifetime.

  2. Alyssa Dweck:

    The Pill prevents ovulation by changing your levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

  3. Lisa Richardson:

    The increases are not in every age group, the thing that seems to drive breast cancer is total exposure to estrogen over a lifetime.

  4. Robert Kotloff:

    It has since become clear that these interventions to reduce estrogen levels weren’t effective, and we haven’t been doing them anymore.

  5. Robert McLean:

    There is now a specific recommendation against using estrogen replacement therapy or raloxifene (Evista) for treatment of osteoporosis in women.

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