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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After a visit to the doctor, he was prescribed a round of antibiotics and steroids, but his symptoms continued. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer," 24 Jan. 2019 But if nothing's working, ask your doc about steroids. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "5 Dandruff Treatments That Actually Work, According to Dermatologists," 13 Dec. 2018 Court documents from the time said the pups were constrained by stakes in the ground and multiple dog fighting items, including steroids, were found on the property, the newspaper reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Pit bull formerly used in fighting ring joins Virginia police department," 25 Sep. 2018 For example, medications for thyroids or steroids can cause Shark Week to arrive late, as can stress, excessive exercise, or even just a big change in routine. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "​7 of Your Biggest Shark Week Questions, Answered," 24 July 2018 For bad swollen tonsils, physicians will use an oral steroid to shrink swelling in the throat, says Dr. Soren. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here Are All The Signs That You Might Have Mono AKA “The Kissing Disease”," 29 Nov. 2018 The Haas Brothers created a set of towering, lumpy candles in 2015 that are like Goobers on steroids. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Traditional treatments such as opioid pain pills, steroid injections and surgery are not necessarily very effective and can have significant downsides. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That aching back is hard to fix, but here are a few things to try," 9 July 2018 Mr Igartua says that getting a single steroid injection required two eight-hour journeys accompanied by two prison guards. The Economist, "America’s geriatric prison population is growing," 26 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of steroid

: a natural substance that is produced in the body


ste·​roid | \ ˈstir-ˌȯid , 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 \ adjective

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