luteal phase


luteal phase
the phase of the ovarian cycle, lasting from ovulation to menstruation, during which the ovarian follicle transforms into the corpus luteum, which secretes progesterone; it corresponds to the secretory phase in the uterus. If fertilization and conception do not take place, the estrogen level falls and the menstrual phase begins.

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  • Luteal phase — The luteal phase (or secretory phase) is the latter phase of the menstrual cycle (in humans and a few other animals) or the estrous cycle (in other placental mammals). It begins with the formation of the corpus luteum and ends in either pregnancy …   Wikipedia

  • luteal phase — noun the second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation; the corpus luteum secretes progesterone which prepares the endometrium for the implantation of an embryo; if fertilization does not occur then menstrual flow begins • Syn: ↑secretory… …   Useful english dictionary

  • luteal phase — Physiol. a stage of the menstrual cycle, lasting about two weeks, from ovulation to the beginning of the next menstrual flow. Cf. follicular phase. * * * …   Universalium

  • luteal phase — noun The latter part of the menstrual cycle, that occurs after ovulation, in which the corpus luteum secretes progesterone to prepare the endometrium for the implantation of an embryo …   Wiktionary

  • luteal phase defect — inadequate secretory transformation of the endometrium during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, often with low levels of progesterone during this phase. Causes include poor follicle production, premature demise of the corpus luteum, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • luteal phase deficiency — see under defect …   Medical dictionary

  • late luteal phase dysphoric disorder — former name for premenstrual dysphoric d …   Medical dictionary

  • luteal — pertaining to the corpus luteum, 1906, from L. luteus yellow (see LUTEOUS (Cf. luteous)). Luteal phase is attested by 1932 …   Etymology dictionary

  • luteal — Relating to the corpus luteum; l. cells, l. hormone, etc. SYN: luteus. [L. luteus, saffron yellow] * * * lu·te·al lüt ē əl adj of, relating to, characterized by, or involving the corpus luteum or its formation <the luteal phase of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • luteal — adjective Date: 1920 of, relating to, or involving the corpus luteum or its formation < the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle > …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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