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Medical Term:

polycystic ovary syndrome


a condition commonly characterized by hirsutism, obesity, menstrual abnormalities, infertility, insulin resistance, and enlarged ovaries; commonly associated with insulin resistance and thought to reflect excessive androgen secretion of ovarian origin. Women with PCOS are frequently at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

Synonym(s): sclerocystic disease of the ovary, Stein-Leventhal syndrome

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