performance-enhancing drug

noun

Definition of performance-enhancing drug

: a substance (such as an anabolic steroid, human growth hormone, or erythropoietin) that is used illicitly to improve athletic performance In the United States, more than 1 million elite and recreational athletes use performance-enhancing drugs for muscle building purposes.— Josiah D. Rich et al. …33 of the 48 major and minor league players suspended by baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs since the start of 2006 were pitchers.— Sean Gregory Roger Bannister, the first person to run a subpar four-minute mile, said today he thought that increased use of blood testing could help curb the use of performance-enhancing drugs by track and field athletes.The New York Times abbreviation PED

First Known Use of performance-enhancing drug

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Performance-enhancing drug.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/performance-enhancing%20drug. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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