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

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