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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



esterified estrogen  listen  (eh-STAYR-ih-fide ES-truh-jin)

  A form of estrogen that may have fewer side effects than other forms. Esterified estrogens are used to treat some types of cancer, including prostate cancer. They are also used to treat the symptoms of menopause, (such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or heavy and painful bleeding) and osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). It is a type of drug called hormone therapy.