normally produced by syncytiotrophoblasts of the placenta and used for pregnancy tests. Elevated levels are found in tumors of placental origin (choriocarcinoma) and in 60 percent of men with testicular tumors.
"hCG" or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone produced in early pregnancy by the placenta. It is used to detect pregnancy by a home pregnancy test or a blood test.
the hormone that is secreted by the placenta early in pregnancy and which inhibits menstrual periods.