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Sex hormone

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Definition

noun

A hormone that is secreted by gonads and is involved in the regulation of sexual functions, such as the regulation of reproductive cycle and development of accessory reproductive organs.


Supplement

Estrogen, testosterone, and gonadotrophins are examples of sex hormones. These hormones influence the secondary sex characteristics, e.g. body shape and contour, mammary development, and pitch of voice.


See also: sex steroid