steroid

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

Definition of steroid 

: 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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Other Words from steroid

steroid or steroidal \ stə-​ˈrȯi-​dᵊl \ adjective

Examples of steroid in a Sentence

He was accused of taking steroids.

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The piece feels like an instructional film on steroids or speed. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "When is now? Now? Or now? For artist Robin Cameron, time is ultimate brain teaser," 9 Apr. 2018 Besides, baseball has become younger since banning performance-enhancing drugs (amphetamines as well as steroids) that extended some careers. George Will, Anchorage Daily News, "Play ball, with informed intelligence," 13 Feb. 2018 Besides, baseball has become younger since banning performance-enhancing drugs (amphetamines as well as steroids) that extended some careers. George Will, National Review, "Play Ball, with Informed Intelligence," 10 Feb. 2018 These dogs can be treated with seizure medication, with steroids and anti-inflammatories to help bring down swelling and with surgery–but some dogs have to be put down. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Evolution of Petface," 1 Feb. 2018 But instead of giving him the steroid cream, a CVS employees gave him Fluorouracil, which is an anti-neoplastic cream used during chemotherapy to aggressively exfoliate skin cells on cancer patients. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Clinton Man Sues CVS For Giving Him Wrong Cream For His Groin," 23 June 2018 Furthermore, almost every current treatment, like topical steroid creams or lotions are time-intensive and must be applied to the skin at least once a day. Ian Myles, CNN, "A possible new weapon against eczema: live bacteria," 17 May 2018 Your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream if the rash gets worse, but still use the moisturizers at other times during day. Philly.com, "Bath additives not needed to treat eczema," 8 May 2018 Treatment is to correct the hyperthyroidism, but topical steroid creams can somewhat help What are the risk factors for Graves disease? Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "What is Graves' disease? A MedStar endocrinologist explains," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of steroid

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steroid

International Scientific Vocabulary sterol + -oid

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The first known use of steroid was in 1926

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steroid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of steroid

: a natural substance that is produced in the body

steroid

noun
ste·​roid | \ˈstir-ˌȯid, ˈster-\

Kids Definition of steroid

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

steroid

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

Medical Definition of steroid 

: 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

Other Words from steroid

steroid or steroidal \ stə-​ˈrȯid-​ᵊl \ adjective

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