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polycystic ovary syndrome


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  • noun medicine A syndrome characterised by polycystic ovaries, menstrual disturbance, and high levels of androgens or insulin.


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  • A.k.a. PCOS. "These 'cysts' are actually immature follicles, not cysts ("polyfollicular ovary syndrome" would have been a better name). The follicles have developed from primordial follicles, but the development has stopped ('arrested') at an early antral stage due to the disturbed ovarian function." (Wikipedia)

    May 2, 2009