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finasteride

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noun fi·nas·te·ride \fə-ˈnas-tə-ˌrīd\

Definition of finasteride

  1. :  a nitrogenous steroid derivative C23H36N2O2 that is used especially to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and to increase hair growth in male-pattern baldness



Origin and Etymology of finasteride

fina- (of unknown origin) + testosterone + amide


First Known Use: 1989


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finasteride

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noun fi·nas·te·ride \fə-ˈnas-tə-ˌrīd\

Medical Definition of finasteride

  1. :  a nitrogenous steroid derivative C23H36N2O2 that is used especially to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and to increase hair growth in male-pattern baldness and that acts by inhibiting the enzymatic conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone—see propecia, proscar




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