androsterone

noun

an·​dros·​ter·​one an-ˈdrä-stə-ˌrōn How to pronounce androsterone (audio)
: an androgenic hormone that is a hydroxy ketone C19H30O2 found especially in male urine

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Androsteron, from andro- andro- + Sterol sterol + Keton ketone

Note: The name was introduced by the German biochemist Adolph Butenandt (1903-95) and his co-worker Kurt Tscherning in "Über Androsteron, ein krystallisiertes männliches Sexualhormon. I. Isolierung und Reindarstellung aus Männerharn," Zeitschrift für physiologische Chemie, Band 229 (1934), pp. 167-84.

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of androsterone was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Androsterone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/androsterone. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

androsterone

noun

an·​dros·​ter·​one an-ˈdräs-tə-ˌrōn How to pronounce androsterone (audio)
: an androgenic hormone that is a hydroxy ketone C19H30O2 found in human urine

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