de·​hy·​dro·​epi·​an·​dros·​ter·​one | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌhī-drō-ˌe-pē-an-ˈdräs-tə-ˌrōn \

Definition of dehydroepiandrosterone

: a weakly androgenic ketosteroid C19H28O2 secreted by the adrenal glands that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of testosterone and estrogens (such as estradiol) also : a synthetic derivative of this compound abbreviation DHEA

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There is some evidence that vitamin D, fish oil and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) supplements can help as well. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lupus: What you need to know," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dehydroepiandrosterone

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dehydroepiandrosterone

International Scientific Vocabulary de- + hydr- + epi- + androsterone

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de·​hy·​dro·​epi·​an·​dros·​ter·​one | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌhī-drō-ˌep-ē-an-ˈdräs-tə-ˌrōn \

Medical Definition of dehydroepiandrosterone

: an androgenic ketosteroid C19H28O2 secreted by the adrenal cortex that is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of testosterone abbreviation DHA, DHEA

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