dehydroepiandrosterone

noun
de·​hy·​dro·​epi·​an·​dros·​ter·​one | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌhī-drō-ˌe-pē-an-ˈdrä-stə-ˌrōn How to pronounce dehydroepiandrosterone (audio) \

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

Examples of dehydroepiandrosterone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In all of the animals involved in the experiment, the ratio of dehydroepiandrosterone to corticosterone increased with training. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Taught Rats to Drive Tiny Cars to Earn Froot Loops," 26 Oct. 2019 The researchers also collected each rat's droppings at various points during the study to analyze them for metabolites of corticosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone, a pair of hormones. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rats love driving tiny cars, even when they don’t get treats," 1 Nov. 2019 The researchers analyzed the animals’ feces to measure corticosterone, a stress hormone, and dehydroepiandrosterone, which is secreted in response to stress and, in humans, has been shown to improve moods. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Taught Rats to Drive Tiny Cars to Earn Froot Loops," 26 Oct. 2019 The rat-poop tests showed increased dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the hormone that thwarts stress. Lateshia Beachum, Anchorage Daily News, "Rats are capable of driving tiny cars, researchers found. It eases their anxiety.," 25 Oct. 2019 The researchers analyzed the rats' feces, which showed that the rats receiving driving lessons had higher levels of dehydroepiandrosterone, indicating that learning a new skill was acting as a stress reliever for the rodents. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Rats Can Drive Now," 24 Oct. 2019 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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“Dehydroepiandrosterone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dehydroepiandrosterone. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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dehydroepiandrosterone

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

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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