Definition of hormonal in US English:

hormonal

adjective

  • 1Relating to or containing a hormone or hormones.

    ‘a hormonal imbalance’
    • ‘Trauma, surgery, hormonal swings or hormonal therapy may often cause hemodynamic expansion of previously existing vascular malformations.’
    • ‘Researchers set out to see if the symptoms experienced by women in menopause are caused by hormonal changes.’
    • ‘Participants also provided blood samples to evaluate hormonal profiles and semen samples for andrological evaluation.’
    • ‘If weight loss continues despite attempts to maximize nutritional intake and optimize a patient's diet, a hormonal imbalance due to the stress response may be the cause.’
    • ‘With this pattern she would have avoided more than 200 menstrual cycles, reducing hormonal stress and risk to the ovaries and breasts.’
    • ‘Drugs, medications, hormonal imbalance, genetic conditions, and exogenous hormones can all cause gynaecomastia.’
    • ‘Our opinion was that there is no evidence that vigabatrin is a better treatment of infantile spasms than hormonal treatments, such as prednisolone and synthetic adrenocorticotrophic hormone preparations.’
    • ‘The placenta forms from both embryonic and maternal tissues, and hosts an astonishing array of hormonal, nutritional, respiratory, excretory, and immunological functions.’
    • ‘Overtreatment of multiple hormonal imbalances can cause central obesity and atherogenic and metabolic abnormalities.’
    • ‘But in recent times we have also appreciated that these women have hormonal imbalances, have a much higher risk of diabetes, and may also have a risk of heart disease.’
    • ‘This issue could become tremendously important with the increasing use of aromatase inhibitors instead of selective oestrogen receptor inhibitors as adjuvant hormonal treatment.’
    • ‘Neural and hormonal mechanisms mediate this tachycardia after arterial baroreceptors are stimulated.’
    • ‘Several other off-label methods exist for treating dysmenorrhea with hormonal contraceptives.’
    • ‘The changes in the property of cervical mucus is in response to the hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle.’
    • ‘Also, hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle can result in fluid retention, which can cause wrists to swell.’
    • ‘Acne has a complex aetiology, involving abnormal keratinisation, hormonal function, bacterial growth, and immune hypersensitivity.’
    • ‘This cycle, too, reflects unknown neural and hormonal interactions.’
    • ‘It can be related to some underlying illness or perhaps to hormonal change after menopause.’
    • ‘Often caused by a hormonal imbalance, menstrual cramps are common in teenagers and young women.’
    • ‘With headings such as hormonal contraception, sterilisation, emergency contraception, the normal menstrual cycle, and the diagnosis of pregnancy, the book has plenty of material.’
    1. 1.1informal Affected by one's sex hormones, especially so as to feel moody or easily aroused.
      ‘giggly, hormonal fourth graders’
      • ‘In those days, at least, fourteen was the age where girls were their most hormonal, rebellious, sulky, moody and bitchy’
      • ‘While I was hormonal and grumpy I hated him.’
      • ‘An accountant at the ministry of culture in Paris, Michel is by turns passive, aggressive, affected, hormonal and simply disinterested.’

Pronunciation

hormonal

/hôrˈmōnl/