steroid meaning

[ 'stiərɔid ] Pronunciation:   "steroid" in a sentence
  • Noun: steroid  steroyd
    1. Any of several fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms in four rings; many have important physiological effects 
    2. Any hormone affecting the development and growth of sex organs
      - steroid hormone, sex hormone

    Derived forms: steroids

    See also: steroidal

    Type of: endocrine, hormone, internal secretion, organic compound

    Encyclopedia: Steroid

  • [Medicine]
    n : any of numerous compounds containing a 17-carbon 4-ring system and including the sterols and various hormones and glycosides — steroid or ste·roi·dal adj


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  1. his field of expertise was steroids.
  2. the use of steroids is controversial.
  3. testosterone is an androgen or male steroid hormone.
  4. he lists three types of steroid sex hormones that function in mammals.
  5. all steroids contain a skeleton of 17 carbon atoms organized into four rings.

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