androgen

noun
an·​dro·​gen | \ ˈan-drə-jən How to pronounce androgen (audio) \

Definition of androgen

: a male sex hormone (such as testosterone)

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Other Words from androgen

androgenic \ ˌan-​drə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce androgenic (audio) \ adjective

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This is a bit of a misnomer—all humans produce androgens, but biological males typically produce more than biological females. Anna Lee Beyer, Glamour, "Losing My Hair Taught Me to Redefine My Standards of Beauty," 22 May 2019 Low-fat dairy Low-fat milk, yogurt, and other dairy products may contain androgens, male hormones that get left in when fat is removed, says Tolbert. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Foods to Avoid If You're Trying to Get Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2019 Insulin resistance can cause your ovaries to make too many androgens, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 These breakouts are linked to hormones called androgens (male hormones that are present in both guys and girls), which produce excess oil so normal creams will only heal existing acne — not prevent it from occurring. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 These foods and drinks may spur your body to produce androgens, which can interfere with your menstrual cycle. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Foods to Avoid If You're Trying to Get Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2019 These breakouts are linked to hormones called androgens (male hormones that are present in both guys and girls), which produce excess oil so normal creams will only heal existing acne — not prevent it from occurring. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 These breakouts are linked to hormones called androgens (male hormones that are present in both guys and girls), which produce excess oil so normal creams will only heal existing acne — not prevent it from occurring. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 If low levels of iron, or high levels of male hormones, like androgens, are contributing to your hair loss, for example, both can be treated through oral supplements or medication. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of androgen

1936, in the meaning defined above

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androgen

noun
an·​dro·​gen | \ ˈan-drə-jən How to pronounce androgen (audio) \

Medical Definition of androgen

: a male sex hormone (as testosterone)

Other Words from androgen

androgenic \ ˌan-​drə-​ˈjen-​ik How to pronounce androgenic (audio) \ adjective

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