pregnenolone

noun
preg·​nen·​o·​lone | \ preg-ˈne-nə-ˌlōn How to pronounce pregnenolone (audio) \

Definition of pregnenolone

: an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (such as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation

Examples of pregnenolone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The authors were able to correct their rats’ behavioural and neurological abnormalities by dosing them with pregnenolone, a drug currently undergoing tests for the treatment of cannabis addiction, schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. The Economist, "In rats, cannabis during pregnancy rewires the brains of offspring," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pregnenolone

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pregnenolone

International Scientific Vocabulary pregnene (C21H34) + -ol entry 1 + -one

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“Pregnenolone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pregnenolone. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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pregnenolone

noun
preg·​nen·​o·​lone | \ preg-ˈnen-ᵊl-ˌōn How to pronounce pregnenolone (audio) \

Medical Definition of pregnenolone

: an unsaturated hydroxy steroid ketone C21H32O2 that is formed by the oxidation of steroids (as cholesterol) and yields progesterone on dehydrogenation

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