Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of androgens to estrogens.

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  • noun biochemistry An enzyme that selectively increases the aromaticity of androgen hormones

Etymologies

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

[aromat(ic) (because the enzyme increases the number of aromatic carbon rings in the molecular structure of the compounds upon which it acts) + –ase.]

Examples

  • When women's ovaries stop producing estrogen, he said, the body tries to compensate with an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone into a carcinogenic form of estrogen in fat tissue.

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  • Drugs like Tamoxifen and the newer drugs that are often called aromatase inhibitors.

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  • Not only that, but body fat contains an enzyme called aromatase, which produces oestrogen from testosterone.

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  • This is felt especially among girls as it stimulates secretion of an enzyme called aromatase, which turns male hormones into female hormones.

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  • This is felt especially among girls as it stimulates secretion of an enzyme called aromatase, which turns male hormones into female hormones.

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  • This is felt especially among girls as it stimulates secretion of an enzyme called aromatase, which turns male hormones into female hormones.

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  • Their mechanism of action is to inhibit an enzyme called aromatase, which converts androgens to estrogens in the peripheral tissues by a reaction that looks like this in the case of testosterone being converted to estradiol:

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  • Older, postmenopausal women are now often prescribed a newer class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, which block estrogen released in body fat, experts said.

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  • The participants were post-menopausal and had become resistant to certain hormone drugs called aromatase inhibitors that block production of estrogen.

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  • It was the first test in healthy women of newer hormone-blocking pills called aromatase inhibitors, sold as Arimidex, Femara and Aromasin, and in generic form.

    Breast Cancer Risk May Be Cut With Hormone-Blocker Aromasin In Some Groups

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