- sex hormone
Biochem.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]
* * *a chemical substance produced by a sex gland or other organ that has an effect on the sexual features of an organism. Like many other kinds of hormones, sex hormones may also be artificially synthesized. See androgen; estrogen.
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sex hormone — n a steroid hormone (as estradiol, progesterone, androstenedione, or testosterone) that is produced esp. by the ovaries, testes, or adrenal cortex and that exerts estrogenic, progestational, or androgenic activity on the growth or function of the … Medical dictionary
sex hormone — n. any hormone, as testosterone, estrogen, etc., influencing the development of, or having an effect upon, the reproductive organs, secondary sex characteristics, etc … English World dictionary
sex hormone — sex hormone. См. половой гормон. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) … Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.
sex hormone — Hormone that is secreted by gonads, or that influences gonadal development. Examples are oestrogen, testosterone, gonadotrophins … Dictionary of molecular biology
sex hormone — sex′ hor mone n. biochem. 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 • Etymology: 1935–40 … From formal English to slang
sex hormone — noun any hormone affecting the development and growth of sex organs • Syn: ↑steroid hormone, ↑steroid • Derivationally related forms: ↑steroidal (for: ↑steroid) • Hypernyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
sex hormone — any steroid hormone, produced mainly by the ovaries or testes, that is responsible for controlling sexual development and reproductive function. Oestrogens and progesterone are the female sex hormones; androgens are the male sex hormones … The new mediacal dictionary
sex hormone — noun Date: 1917 a steroid hormone (as estrogen or testosterone) that is produced especially by the ovaries, testes, or adrenal cortex and affects the growth or function of the reproductive organs or the development of secondary sex… … New Collegiate Dictionary
sex hormone — A hormone that influences primary and secondary sexual characters and sexual behavior … Dictionary of invertebrate zoology
sex hormone — noun a hormone affecting sexual development or reproduction, such as oestrogen or testosterone … English new terms dictionary