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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


luteinizing hormone  listen  (LOO-tih-NY-zing HOR-mone)

  A hormone made in the pituitary gland. In females, it acts on the ovaries to make follicles release their eggs and to make hormones that get the uterus ready for a fertilized egg to be implanted. In males, it acts on the testes to cause cells to grow and make testosterone. Also called interstitial cell-stimulating hormone, LH, and lutropin.