an·​dro·​gen | \ˈan-drə-jən \

Definition of androgen 

: a male sex hormone (such as testosterone)

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androgenic \ ˌan-​drə-​ˈje-​nik \ adjective

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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," 14 Dec. 2017 Spironolactone stops hair shedding by inhibiting the effects of androgens (like testosterone) that combine with a particular enzyme to create a hormone that causes hair loss, explains study author Rodney Sinclair, a dermatologist in Australia. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "Lab Report: Using Spironolactone and Minoxidil Could Promote Hair Regrowth for Women," 28 Apr. 2018 Such women do, however, have high levels of androgens. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Belly Fat Battle," 1 May 2018 In the studies, two-thirds of the men took one of the androgen receptor inhibitors, while a third took a placebo. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years," 8 Feb. 2018 Stress triggers the production of androgens — a hormone proven to increase oil production, which leads to clogged pores, says Dr. Brandt. Krista Bennett Demaio, Cosmopolitan, "9 Beauty Fails That Mess With Your Skin (and How to Fix Them)," 2 Jan. 2015 So testosterone levels in the bloodstream are low, but the androgen prevents [men] from feeling the effects of low testosterone. Kate Morgan, The Cut, "A Brief Timeline of Scientists Promising a Birth-Control Pill for Men," 3 Apr. 2018 The substance used in the study, DMAU, has properties similar to both androgens, such as testosterone, and progestins, such as progesterone. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Male birth control pill one step closer to reality, researchers say," 20 Mar. 2018 Men are born with a combination of male and female hormones, yet androgens such as testosterone that control male traits like muscle mass and body hair far outweigh traces of female estrogen that dictate the size of breasts. Eric Pianin, Washington Post, "Why some men are asking for breast-reduction surgery," 6 Mar. 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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an·​dro·​gen | \ˈan-drə-jən \

Medical Definition of androgen 

: a male sex hormone (as testosterone)

Other Words from androgen

androgenic \ ˌan-​drə-​ˈjen-​ik \ adjective

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