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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First Known Use of anabolic steroid

1946


ANABOLIC STEROID Defined for English Language Learners

anabolic steroid

noun

Definition of anabolic steroid for English Language Learners

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


ANABOLIC STEROID Defined for Kids

anabolic steroid

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

Definition of anabolic steroid for Students

: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)

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anabolic steroid

noun

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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