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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: fol'i-tro'pin


An acidic glycoprotein hormone of the anterior pituitary that stimulates the graafian follicles of the ovary and assists subsequently in follicular maturation and the secretion of estradiol; in the male, it stimulates the epithelium of the seminiferous tubules and is partially responsible for inducing spermatogenesis.

Synonym(s): follicle-stimulating hormone, follicle-stimulating principle, gametokinetic hormone

[follicle + G. trope, a turning, + -in]

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