gonadotrophinmedical dictionary

<endocrinology, hormone> A hormone capable of promoting gonadal growth and function.

The effects are usually limited to discrete functions or histological components of a gonad, such as stimulation of follicular growth or of androgen formation. Most gonadotrophin's exert their effects in both sexes, although the effect of a given gonadotrophin will differ in males and females.

Synonyms: gonadotropin, gonadotropic hormone.

Origin: for gonadotrophin, fr. Gonad + G. Trophe, nourishment

(12 Sep 2002)