noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A relatively inactive male sex hormone produced by metabolism of testosterone.
- 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.
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