anabolic steroid


anabolic steroid

noun

: a drug that is sometimes used illegally by athletes to help them become stronger and more muscular

Full Definition of ANABOLIC STEROID

:  any of a group of usually synthetic hormones that are derivatives of testosterone, are used medically especially to promote tissue growth, and are sometimes abused by athletes to increase the size and strength of their muscles and improve endurance

First Known Use of ANABOLIC STEROID

1946

anabolic steroid

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANABOLIC STEROID

: any of a group of usually synthetic hormones that are derivatives of testosterone, are used medically especially to promote tissue growth, and are sometimes abused by athletes to increase the size and strength of their muscles and improve endurance

anabolic steroid

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Steroid hormone that increases tissue growth. Anabolic steroids are given to promote muscle growth and tissue regeneration in, for example, elderly or postoperative patients. Unsupervised use by athletes to build muscle and improve strength can have serious harmful effects, including coronary heart disease, sexual and reproductive disorders, immunodeficiencies, liver damage, stunted growth, aggressive behaviour, susceptibility to connective-tissue injury, and (in females) irreversible masculinization.

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