from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hormone produced by the placenta that maintains the corpus luteum during pregnancy.
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- n. A peptide hormone, produced during pregnancy, that prevents the breakdown of the corpus luteum and maintains progesterone production.
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- n. hormone produced early in pregnancy by the placenta; detection in the urine and serum is the basis for one kind of pregnancy test
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Dr. Kerr gives me a bottle of human chorionic gonadotropin HCG to help me gently transition off my cycle.