One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various hormonal preparations, specifically a preparation of human menopausal gonadotropin, containing a mixture of FSH and luteinizing hormone, which is given by injection as a treatment for infertility in women and men deficient in gonadotropin. [A trademark in the United States.]
1960s; earliest use found in The Official Gazette. Apparently from per- + gon- + -al.
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