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[mass noun] A major oestrogen produced in the ovaries.
- ‘Testosterone and estradiol follow this rule, but progesterone is an exception.’
- ‘In malignancies of the breast, it is the oestrogen hormone, oestradiol that is the key.’
- ‘Once ovulation takes place, a surge of growth in the luteal cells causes progesterone and some estradiol to be secreted.’
- ‘Even though the ovaries cease producing estradiol, estriol continues to be made by the adrenal glands and in fat cells.’
- ‘The prominent estrogens in women are estradiol, estrone and estriol.’
1930s: from oestrus + di- + -ol.
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