Definition of clomiphene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklōməfēn/ /ˈkloʊməfin/


  • A synthetic nonsteroidal drug used to treat infertility in women by stimulating ovulation.

    ‘At its simplest it involves the woman taking a drug called clomiphene for six days each month.’
    • ‘Ovulation is successful in approximately 75 percent of women treated with clomiphene, but subsequent pregnancy rates are only 30 to 40 percent.’
    • ‘This combination also was significantly more effective than clomiphene alone for inducing ovulation.’
    • ‘Some are given clomiphene to induce ovulation, but it doesn't always work.’
    • ‘An alternative to assisted reproductive technologies is empiric treatment with clomiphene citrate, although few convincing data show benefit.’


1970s from chlo(ro-) + (a)mi(ne) + phen(yl).