from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. follicle stimulating hormone

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  • follicle stimulating hormone

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  • n. a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary and stimulates growth of Graafian follicles in female mammals, and activates the cells in male mammals that form sperm


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  • The pituitary gland produces FSH, which is responsible for the development each month of an ovarian follicle, which contains an egg.

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  • The discovery of some key hormones involved in the ovulation process—namely FSH and LH—opened a new world of biochemical technology, one which made tracking egg release markedly faster, easier, and more accurate.

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  • The granulosa cells have proteins present on their surface called FSH receptors (or FSHR) and it is these proteins that stick to the FSH and then carry signals into the cell's interior. - latest science and technology news stories

  • For women who skipped the gonadotropin-stimulated IUI cycle (also called FSH-stimulated cycle), the average time to pregnancy was eight months, compared with 11 months for those on the lengthier, conventional fertility-treatment program.

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  • Synthesizes its own hormones, such as FSH, LH, and PRL, and secretes them directly into the blood.

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  • What I wanted was my snarky reproductive endocrinologist to get a goddamn gray hair, who was he in his smooth Armani suit to tell me my FSH sat where my LH should, higher than a cloud and incompatible with life?

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  • He came along when I was 35, and we started trying as soon as we got engaged a year later -- after my OB-GYN said that my FSH levels were rising.

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  • This was the problem, though: While the patients 'pituitary glands were releasing plenty of follicle-stimulating hormone, or FSH, which causes follicles to grow, the glands also were releasing excessively high levels of luteinizing hormone, or LH.

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  • FSH levels have been shown to help predict the timing of menopause and the likelihood of being able to conceive using infertility treatments.

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