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Definition: 'Polycystic Ovary Syndrome'

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polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. a condition commonly characterized by hirsutism, obesity, menstrual abnormalities, infertility, insulin resistance, and enlarged ovaries; commonly associated with insulin resistance and thought to reflect excessive androgen secretion of ovarian origin. Women with PCOS are frequently at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

Synonyms: sclerocystic disease of the ovary, Stein-Leventhal syndrome



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