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proestrus

 [pro-es´trus]
the period of heightened follicular activity preceding estrus.
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pro·es·trus

(prō-es'trŭs),
The period in the estrus cycle preceding estrus, characterized by the growth of the graafian follicles and physiologic changes related to estrogen production.
Synonym(s): proestrum
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proestrus

(prō-ĕs′trəs)
n.
The period immediately before estrus in most female mammals, characterized by development of the endometrium and ovarian follicles.

pro·es′trous adj.
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pro·es·trus

(prō-es'trŭs)
The period preceding estrus, characterized by heightened follicular activity and estrogen production.
Synonym(s): pro-oestrus.
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Cytological features following vaginal smear represent each stage of estrous cycle Stage of Nucleated Squamous Cornified squamous estrous cycle epithelial cells epithelial cells epithelial cells Proestrus + - - Estrus - + - Metestrus - - + Diestrus - - - Stage of Leukocytes estrous cycle Proestrus - Estrus - Metestrus + Diestrus + Proestrus, predominantly consisting of nucleated epithelial cells; estrus, with cornfield squamous epithelial cells; metestrus, consisting of cornified squamous epithelial cells and predominance of leukocytes; and diestrus, consisting predominantly of leucocytes Table 2.
They were found in proestrus, estrus or metestrus and were considered as reproductive females since there is hormonal stimulation for each phase and a clear indication that they are sexually receptive.
However, it is important to take into account that rabbits are reflex ovulators [36] and females used in this study were at early proestrus [15].
On the contrary, it was shown that young rats in proestrus and late pregnancy (i.e., reproductive conditions associated with higher cortical ALLO levels) exhibit better performance on the object recognition task than rats in dioestrous or early pregnancy conditions [81].
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