ste·​roid | \ ˈster-ˌȯid How to pronounce steroid (audio) also ˈstir- How to pronounce steroid (audio) \

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 How to pronounce steroidal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of steroid in a Sentence

He was accused of taking steroids.

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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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English Language Learners Definition of steroid

: a natural substance that is produced in the body


ste·​roid | \ ˈstir-ˌȯid How to pronounce steroid (audio) , ˈster-\

Kids Definition of steroid

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


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 How to pronounce steroidal (audio) \ adjective

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