relaxin

Definitions:

  • A female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth.
  • A <xref>peptide</xref> <xref>hormone</xref> of the <xref>insulin</xref> <xref>superfamily</xref>.
  • hormone secreted by the corpus luteum during the last days of pregnancy; relaxes the pelvic ligaments and prepares the uterus for labor
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