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Pronunciation: go'nad-o-tro'pin, gon'a-do-


  1. A hormone capable of promoting gonadal growth and function; such effects, as exerted by a single hormone, are usually limited to discrete functions or histologic components of a gonad, such as stimulation of follicular growth or of androgen formation; most gonadotropins exert their effects in both genders, although the effect of a given gonadotropin will differ in males and females.
  2. Any hormone that stimulates gonadal function.
  3. Any substance that has the combined effects of follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone.

Synonym(s): gonadotrophin, gonadotropic hormone

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