di·​hy·​dro·​tes·​tos·​ter·​one | \ (ˌ)dī-ˌhī-drō-te-ˈstä-stə-ˌrōn How to pronounce dihydrotestosterone (audio) \

Definition of dihydrotestosterone

: a biologically active metabolite C19H30O2 of testosterone having similar androgenic activity

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Recent Examples on the Web Androgenetic alopecia happens when scalp follicles are hypersensitive to dihydrotestosterone, which is critical for most hair growth but detrimental to head hair growth. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Oftentimes, that other treatment is finasteride—the generic version of Propecia, which prevents the suffocation and shrinking of hair follicles by neutralizing the accumulation of dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2022 Hair loss is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which can cause shrinkage of the hair follicle. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 One is treatment to reduce dihydrotestosterone, such as finasteride. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2021 Two small studies from Spain have also found a correlation between COVID-19 hospitalizations and male-pattern baldness, linked to the powerful androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). TheWeek, 9 June 2020 For example, the pair stimulated the androgen receptor by dosing pregnant female mice with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the most common form of testosterone in the body, or gave them estrogen to prod its receptor. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, 6 June 2019 The hormone responsible for hair loss in anyone is dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, 24 May 2017 One important hormone does play a big role in the condition, however, and that hormone is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News, 30 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of dihydrotestosterone

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Dihydrotestosterone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dihydrotestosterone. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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di·​hy·​dro·​tes·​tos·​ter·​one | \ -te-ˈstäs-tə-ˌrōn How to pronounce dihydrotestosterone (audio) \

Medical Definition of dihydrotestosterone

: a biologically active metabolite C19H30O2 of testosterone having similar androgenic activity and produced in various tissues (as of the skin and prostate) abbreviation DHT

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