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

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers hope that these androgen-blocking drugs will control TMPRSS2, the enzyme that functions as a welcome mat to the coronavirus in men. Peter Fimrite,, "Male sex hormones appear to help the coronavirus infiltrate human cells," 8 July 2020 In high school Harriet was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, a hormonal disorder that triggers the female body to produce too many male androgens. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "She learned to love eating -- and herself -- despite a lifetime of fat shaming," 22 Feb. 2020 Long story short, doctors believe this excess insulin due to insulin resistance might make your ovaries produce extra androgens, like testosterone. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Why Is PCOS Still So Hard for Doctors to Understand?," 12 Sep. 2019 Antiandrogen drugs, such as the spironolactone pill, work by blocking androgen receptors to decrease the actions and effects of testosterone in the body. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "5 Signs You're Dealing with Hormonal Acne—and How to Treat It," 2 July 2019 Experts aren’t sure of exactly how these excess androgens can affect ovulation. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 Christina was diagnosed in 2009 with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which the ovaries produce an elevated level of androgens. Emily Strohm,, "Christina Anstead and Husband Ant Welcome Son Hudson London: 'Simply Perfect'," 6 Sep. 2019 That’s when your doctor might recommend adding in an androgen blocker such as spironalactone. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "12 Acne Treatments That Really Work, According to Dermatologists," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of androgen

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Androgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 androgen (audio) \ adjective

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