One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An estrogen similar to but less potent than estradiol.
- ‘There were increases in blood levels of the estrogens, estradiol and estrone, and a reduction of the protective HDL cholesterol.’
- ‘There was the hormone estrone, a form of the estrogen prescribed to help menopausal women.’
- ‘Natural estrogen can also easily be divided into the three types of estrogen: estradiol, estrone, and estriol.’
- ‘Experimental and epidemiological studies suggest a high concentration of estriol may be necessary to modulate the impact of the high concentrations of estradiol and estrone seen in pregnancy.’
- ‘Much of the estradiol is converted into estrone and estriol, but these are only two of the best-known metabolites.’
- ‘I assume that you're taking an oral dose of estriol or some combination of estriol, estrone, and estradiol.’
1930s: from oestrane (parent molecule of most oestrogens) + -one.
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