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Gonadotropins

Synonym(s)

  • gonadotrophic hormone
  • gonadotropin preparation

Definition(s)

Hormones that stimulate gonadal functions such as gametogenesis and sex steroid hormone production in the ovary and the testis. Major gonadotropins are glycoproteins produced primarily by the adenohypophysis (gonadotropins, pituitary) and the placenta (chorionic gonadotropin). In some species, pituitary prolactin and placental lactogen exert some luteotropic activities.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: May 18, 2015