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Xenohormones are a group of either naturally occurring or artificially created compounds showing hormone-like properties. Xenohormones are frequently implicated in endocrine disruption.


The term is derived from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger".[1]


The most commonly occurring xenohormones are xenoestrogens, which mimic the effects of estrogen. Other xenohormones include xenoandrogens and xenoprogesterones.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "Xeno-". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  2. ^ "Important developments in the field of modified tocopherols/tocotrienols". European Journal of Endocrinology. Bioscientifica. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
  3. ^ Whitaker, S. Bryan; Baldev B. Singh; R. Norman Weller; K. Ritu Bath; Robert J. Loushine (February 1999). "Sex hormone receptor status of the dental pulp and lesions of pulpal origin". Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. 87 (2): 233–237. PMID 10052381.