One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic nonsteroidal drug used to treat infertility in women by stimulating ovulation.
- ‘At its simplest it involves the woman taking a drug called clomiphene for six days each month.’
- ‘Ovulation is successful in approximately 75 percent of women treated with clomiphene, but subsequent pregnancy rates are only 30 to 40 percent.’
- ‘Some are given clomiphene to induce ovulation, but it doesn't always work.’
- ‘An alternative to assisted reproductive technologies is empiric treatment with clomiphene citrate, although few convincing data show benefit.’
- ‘This combination also was significantly more effective than clomiphene alone for inducing ovulation.’
1970s: from chlo(ro-) + (a)mi(ne) + phen(yl).
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