Definition of androsterone in English:


Line breaks: andro|ster¦one
Pronunciation: /ˌandrə(ʊ)ˈstɪərəʊn
, anˈdrɒstərəʊn


[mass noun] Biochemistry
  • A relatively inactive male sex hormone produced by metabolism of testosterone.
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    • For the male sex hormone the names androsterone and testosterone as specialized terms, and androgens as a collective term, became more frequently used.
    • It is a necessary precursor of the estradiol (female sex hormone), androsterone (male sex hormone), and other hormones.
    • As of now, however, the possible anticonvulsant effects of androsterone have not been well characterized.


1930s: from andro- + sterol + -one.

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