Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various chemical compounds, especially those present in manufactured items or in agrochemical or industrial waste, that imitate natural estrogens and thus disrupt the normal endocrine system.

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  • noun biochemistry A xenohormone that imitates estrogen.

Etymologies

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xeno- +‎ estrogen

Examples

  • There are a number of disturbing trends (reduced male sperm count, increased breast cancer rates, immune disorders) that are suspected to be linked to pesticide use, particularly in regard to “environmental estrogens” or xenoestrogen.

    Matthew Yglesias » Triumph of the Macrobiotics

  • Environmentally relevant xenoestrogen tissue concentrations correlated to biological responses in mice.

    Modern environmental health hazards

  • There are many more fun chemicals in this stuff, but to make my point, I will end by carping on paraben, a xenoestrogen linked to breast cancer and fertility problems and it unfortunately is in most cosmetics, so this is not a problem specific to Kiehl's, but you will notice on the website, that they highlight the explanation of a few "select" ingredients, but none of these really interesting ones.

    Kiehl's Promotion to Help the Planet

  • The BPA section also notes: BPA is a well-established xenoestrogen and endocrine disruptor, and it has been shown to mimic, enhance, or inhibit endogenous estrogen activity Wetherill et al., 2007.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Nonylphenol, a xenoestrogen first detected in sewage of water treatment plants in 1984

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Arukwe A (2006) Transcriptional modulation of brain and hepatic estrogen receptor and P450arom isotypes in juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) after waterborne exposure to the xenoestrogen, 4-nonylphenol.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Scientists have found xenoestrogen is being used as an additive in many foods.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Scientists have found xenoestrogen is being used as an additive in many foods.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Scientists have found xenoestrogen is being used as an additive in many foods.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • Scientists are now using a new method of uncovering xenoestrogen (and xenoestrogen-like materials) in foods.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

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