anabolic steroid

noun

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Shelby Houlihan, the American record-holder in the 1,500, was suspended for four years last month after testing positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 6 July 2021 However, the district attorney’s office continued to investigate Shepard for alleged use of an anabolic steroid. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 Nandrolone has been a go-to anabolic steroid among athletes for more than 40 years, resulting in sanctions in a wide range of sports and leagues, from the NFL to Major League Baseball to boxing and running. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 15 June 2021 Houlihan tested positive for an anabolic steroid, not marijuana, and she was suspended for four years. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The distance runner Shelby Houlihan tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone, a drug that can increase muscle strength and red-blood-cell count. Matt Hart, The Atlantic, 30 July 2021 News broke this week that Shelby Houlihan, U.S. record-holder in the women’s 1,500 and 5,000, had been hit with a four-year ban after testing positive for the prohibited anabolic steroid nandrolone. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 June 2021 Houlihan, who holds the American records at both 1,500 and 5,000 meters, tested positive for an anabolic steroid called nandrolone in December. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Nandrolone is a synthetic, anabolic steroid analog of testosterone, according to the National Institutes of Health. Mallika Kallingal And Jill Martin, CNN, 17 June 2021

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Anabolic steroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anabolic%20steroid. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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anabolic steroid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anabolic steroid

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

anabolic steroid

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an·​a·​bol·​ic steroid | \ ˌa-nə-ˈbä-lik- \

Kids Definition of anabolic steroid

: a hormone used in medicine to help tissue grow that is sometimes abused by athletes to increase muscle size and strength despite possible harmful effects (as stunted growth in teenagers)

anabolic steroid

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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

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