steroid

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noun ste·roid \ˈster-ˌȯid also ˈstir-\

Definition of steroid

  1. :  any of various compounds containing a 17-carbon 4-ring system and including the sterols and numerous hormones (such as anabolic steroids or corticosteroids) and glycosides

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play \stə-ˈrȯi-dəl\ adjective

Examples of steroid in a Sentence

  1. He was accused of taking steroids.

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Origin and Etymology of steroid

International Scientific Vocabulary sterol + -oid


First Known Use: 1926



STEROID Defined for English Language Learners

steroid

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Definition of steroid for English Language Learners

  • : a natural substance that is produced in the body


STEROID Defined for Kids

steroid

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noun ste·roid \ˈstir-ˌȯid, ˈster-\

Definition of steroid for Students

  1. :  any of various chemical compounds that include many hormones (as anabolic steroids)


Medical Dictionary

steroid

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noun ste·roid \ˈsti(ə)r-ˌȯid also ˈste(ə)r-\

Medical Definition of steroid

  1. :  any of numerous natural or synthetic compounds containing a 17-carbon 4-ring system and including the sterols and various hormones and glycosides—see anabolic steroid

steroid

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steroidal

\stə-ˈrȯid-əl\play adjective


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