the stage of the menstrual cycle where the pituitary gland produces FSH which starts the maturation of an egg
secreted by pituitary; regulates estrogen secretion and ovum development in the female and testosterone production in the male
Hormone produced by the ovaries which controls the development of eggs and adult female characteristics.
follicle stimulating hormone
secreted by the anterior pituitary gland to stimulate development of reproductive cell follicles
the solid mass of cells resulting from the cleavage of the ovum before the formation of a blastula.
hollow ball of cells formed during the early stages of embryological development; also known as a blastocyst
the embryo in the stage of development after the blastula; contains the embryonic germ layers
The primitive spinal cord that develops from the ectoderm, the top of which swells to form the brain.
ability of one group of embryonic cells to influence the development of another group
The outermost of four extraembryonic membranes; contributes to the formation of the mammalian placenta.
The innermost of four extraembryonic membranes; encloses a fluid-filled sac in which the embryo is suspended.
The membrane that is attached to a vertebrate embryo and that encloses the yolk;stores energy reserves for the developing embryo.
organ in placental mammals through which nutrients,oxygen, carbon dioxide, and wastes are exhanged beteen embryo and mother
Harmful agents or substances that can cause malformations or defects in a embryo of fetus
the stage in life during which reproductive hormones begin to be formed. Reproductive development occurs during this stage
cells in the seminiferous tubules that support, regulate, and nourish developing sperm
Exocrine gland, in men, at the base of the urinary bladder. It secretes alkaline fluid (part of semen) into the urethra during ejaculation to neutralize the acidity of the female reproductive tract.
gland in human males that secretes an alkaline fluid that neutralizes the acidity of the female reproductive tract during ejaculation
hormone that acts on the hypothalamus to stimulate the production of releasing factors that trigger release of FSH. The interaction of FSH and inhibin controls the rate of formation of sperm.
steroid hormone produced in the testicles that is responsible for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics
the mucous membrane that lines the uterus and increases in thickness in the latter part of menstrual cycle
finger-like projections that sweep eggs from where they exit the ovaries into the fallopian tubes
in a human female, period of 25 - 40 days during which hormones stimulate the development of the uterine lining, and an egg is developed and released from an ovary. If the egg is not fertilized, the uterine lining is shed as the cycle begins again.
in the female reproductive system, groups of cells held in the ovaries. Each one of these cells contains an ovum (egg) that will develop
stage of the menstrual cycle that begins with ovulation. During this stage, LH stimulates the corpus luteum to produce progesterone, which inhibits the growth of other follicles so that only one ovum is released during each cycle.
period in woman's life during which a decrease in estrogen and progesterone results in an end of menstrual cycle
hormone replacement therapy
administration of low levels of estrogen and/or progesterone to alleviate symptoms of menopause
diseases such as AIDS, chlamydia, or genital herpes that is normally passed from one person to another through sexual activity
a way of avoiding pregnancy, using either artificial methods such as condoms and birth control pills or natural methods such as avoiding sexual intercourse during a woman's none fertile periods
first stage in embryonic development, when a sperm and egg interact successfully to form a zygote
thin outer layer (ectoderm) that encloses the embryo of mammals, attaches the fertilized ovum to the wall of the uterus, and absorbs nutrients
the embryo's attachment of itself to the endometrium, occurs within the first week after fertilization in humans
thin flexible sheets of tissue that are not part of the embryo but that support, nourish and protect it
the process in which each of the three layers of the gastrula develop into different parts of the body
May cause the release of oxytocin. Prostaglandins together with oxytocin cause the uterus to contract, signaling the beginning of labour