dehydroepiandrosterone


de·hy·dro·epi·an·dros·ter·one

noun \(ˌ)dē-ˌhī-drō-ˌe-pē-an-ˈdräs-tə-ˌrōn\

Definition of DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE

:  a weakly androgenic ketosteroid C19H28O2 secreted by the adrenal glands that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of testosterone and estrogens (as estradiol); also :  a synthetic derivative of this compound —abbr DHEA

Origin of DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE

International Scientific Vocabulary de- + hydr- + epi- + androsterone
First Known Use: 1961

de·hy·dro·epi·an·dros·ter·one

noun \(ˌ)dē-ˌhī-drō-ˌep-ē-an-ˈdräs-tə-ˌrōn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE

: an androgenic ketosteroid C19H28O2 secreted by the adrenal cortex that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of testosterone—abbreviation DHA, DHEA

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