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

Definition of androgen

: a male sex hormone (such as testosterone)

Other Words from androgen

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

Examples of androgen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High androgen levels can present as acne, excess face and body hair, and thinning scalp hair. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 17 Nov. 2021 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,, 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, 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, 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, 2 July 2019 Experts aren’t sure of exactly how these excess androgens can affect ovulation. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, 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,, 6 Sep. 2019 That’s when your doctor might recommend adding in an androgen blocker such as spironalactone. Jessica Cruel, SELF, 8 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of androgen

1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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