anabolic steroid

noun

: 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

Examples of anabolic steroid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ketamine and some anabolic steroids are examples of drugs currently on Schedule III. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Ketamine is in the same schedule as drugs such as anabolic steroids and testosterone. Dylan Wickman, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 On Tuesday afternoon Berhan, 30, pleaded guilty to three felonies: conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 They were developed in the early 2000s in an attempt to find an alternative to anabolic steroids in medical applications, such as treating bone loss and muscle wasting caused by osteoporosis, cancer, heart failure, and other diseases. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 Patrick Berhan was charged Wednesday with possessing anabolic steroids with intent to distribute them in May 2021, a felony that carries up to 10 years in federal prison and a $500,000 maximum fine. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Also in 2002, Dr. Catlin identified for the first time a designer anabolic steroid, norbolethone, in an athlete’s urine after it had been introduced to athletes at Balco by the chemist Patrick Arnold. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 In August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended that the Drug Enforcement Administration downgrade marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule III, classifying it alongside anabolic steroids, testosterone and ketamine — and loosening federal scrutiny. John Aguilar, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 Oxymetholone is an anabolic steroid that can promote muscle gain and strength for people with anemia. Cristina Mutchler, Health, 16 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anabolic steroid was in 1946

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“Anabolic steroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anabolic%20steroid. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

anabolic steroid

noun
: any of several man-made hormones that are used in medicine to help tissue grow, that are sometimes abused by athletes to increase muscle size and strength, and that may have harmful effects (as stunted growth in teenagers)

Medical Definition

anabolic steroid

noun
: 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

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