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 merger took an old model of cruise line retail and put it on steroids by placing the marketers, art auctioneers, duty-free shops and port retailers all into the same hands. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 But look, the president will be dominating the news on steroids even more than usual. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 Two patients showed mildly elevated levels of a liver enzyme, but a short course of steroids resolved the issue. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "With tantalizing early results, Sarepta’s gene therapy for Duchenne raises hopes for ‘real change’," 19 June 2018 Guys who used steroids when they weren’t policed did so to the benefit of their teams, guys who get caught — at least valuable guys like Cano — make their teams worse for their absence. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Robinson Cano cost himself automatic Hall of Fame entry and cost the Mariners wins," 15 May 2018 Research suggests up to 60 percent of cancer survivors have trouble falling asleep or suffer from chronic insomnia because of cancer treatments like chemotherapy and steroids, as well as psychological distress. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Acupuncture gives relief to cancer patients suffering insomnia," 8 June 2018 The years that followed are a blur of chemotherapy and other drugs, a bone marrow transplant, surgery, broken bones, steroids, hair loss, complications and side effects. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Children's Hospital became girl's school. On Sunday, she graduates with her class," 5 June 2018 If a doctor administers steroids, they can be kept at a safe level. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "MLB players made it impossible to believe Robinson Cano | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 This is basically last year’s Rockets on steroids, and in 59 minutes over nine games, this group has a net rating of 29.7. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Five-Man Freight Train: These Rockets Lineups Run the NBA Wild," 7 Mar. 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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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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