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Gender Name Description
Anti-diuretic hormone A hormone released by the pituitary gland regulating water excretion in the kidneys, and blood pressure.
Anti-Müllerian hormone A hormone, that provokes the regression of male fetal Müllerian ducts.
Estradiol A steroid and estrogen sex hormone produced in the ovaries of females.
Estriol A dominant estrogen during pregnancy, and is secreted mainly by the placenta.
Estrogen The primary female sex hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
Estrone An estrogenic hormone secreted by the ovary and adipose tissue.
Follicle-stimulating hormone FSH is a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. It regulates the development, growth, pubertal matur and reproductive functions of the body
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone A releasing hormone responsible for the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) from the anterior pituitary.
Growth hormone Hormone that is synthesized by the anterior pituitary gland and helps to maintain normal body structure and metabolism.
Human chorionic gonadotropin A hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman's ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.
Hypothalamic-pituitary axis A complex set of direct influences and feedback interactions among two endocrine glands: the hypothalamus, and the pituitary gland.
Insulin A peptide hormone that decreases blood glucose levels.
Luteinizing hormone A hormone, that stimulates ovulation and the development of the corpus luteum in females, and the production of androgens in males.
Oxytocin A hormone that stimulates contractions during labor, and then the production of milk.
Progesterone Steroid hormone, secreted by the ovaries, whose function is to prepare the uterus for the implantation of a fertilized ovum and to maintain pregnancy.
Prolactine A peptide gonadotrophic hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that stimulates growth of the mammary glands and lactation in females.
Testosterone Steroid hormone produced primarily in the testes of the male; responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics in the male.
Thyroid hormones Tyrosine-based hormones produced by thyroid gland and that regulate metabolism, heat production, protein synthesis, and many other body functions.
Thyroid-stimulating hormone A hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine, and then triiodothyronine, which stimulates the metabolism of tissue in the body.
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone A releasing hormone produced by the hypothalamus that stimulates the release of thyrotropin (TSH) and prolactin from the anterior pituitary.
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