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A polypeptide hormone secreted by the corpora lutea of mammalian species during pregnancy. Facilitates the birth process by causing a softening and lengthening of the pubic symphysis and cervix; it also inhibits contraction of the uterus and may play a role in timing of parturition.
[relax + -in]
A female hormone secreted by the corpus luteum that helps soften the cervix and relax the pelvic ligaments in childbirth.
a hormone obtained from the corpora lutea of swine and used to relax the pelvic ligaments and dilate the cervix during labor. The medication has also been used to treat dysmenorrhea.
Polypeptide hormone secreted by the corpora lutea of mammalian species during pregnancy; facilitates birth process by softening and lengthening the pubic symphysis and cervix.
relaxinA polypeptide found in the corpus luteum of various mammals that softens the neck of the womb (cervix) and relaxes the pubic joint of the pelvis to ease childbirth. Relaxin has not been proved to occur in humans.
n hormone responsible for softening and relaxing muscles, tendons, and ligaments during pregnancy in preparation for labor and delivery.
a factor that produces relaxation of the symphysis pubis and dilatation of the cervix uteri in certain animal species including pigs, cattle, dogs and cats. Produced in the corpus luteum of pregnancy.