performance-enhancing drug

noun

: 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

Examples of performance-enhancing drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Billionaire Peter Thiel, instead of deciding to do good., instead is funding the Enhanced Games -- a would-be rival to the Olympic Games that would allow athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs with zero testing. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 4 Feb. 2024 Lance Armstrong stripped of the 2000 Tour de France title The 87th edition of the Tour de France did not have a winner due to a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which accused Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. Elizabeth Flores, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Defensive tackle Grover Stewart lost six games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad was suspended under the same policy. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2024 Nicotine is the latest performance-enhancing drug for grueling jobs in tech and finance Zyn has become a cultural sensation in the past year, attracting the attention of Gen-Z consumers who have become loyal buyers of the product. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 He was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2009 with the Dodgers and again in 2011 with Tampa Bay. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 The Navy will begin randomly testing its special operations forces for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs beginning in November, taking a groundbreaking step that military leaders have long resisted. Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2023 Beltré’s consistent production, clubhouse popularity, and distance from any connection to performance-enhancing drugs should give him an overwhelming chance to get the requisite 75% of votes from the Baseball Writers Assn. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 The idea that international sport is a place where sportsmanship and fair play rule the day is hopelessly naive and outdated when that world is awash in cheating scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs and gambling, corruption and bribery. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of performance-enhancing drug was in 1973

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“Performance-enhancing drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/performance-enhancing%20drug. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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