chemical castration


: the administration of a drug (such as medroxyprogesterone acetate) to bring about a marked reduction in the body's production of androgens and especially testosterone

Note: Chemical castration may be used to reduce the sexual urges of sex offenders (such as pedophiles) and in the treatment of prostate cancer, where it is typically called androgen deprivation therapy.

Dictionary Entries Near chemical castration

Cite this Entry

“Chemical castration.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!