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[an-druh-juh n, -jen] /ˈæn drə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/
noun, Biochemistry
any substance, as testosterone or androsterone, that promotes male characteristics.
1935-40; andro- + -gen
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[an-druh-jen-ik] /ˌæn drəˈdʒɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for androgens
  • The adrenal gland continues pumping out what it thinks is cortisol, but it is unknowingly producing masculinizing androgens.
  • Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production.
  • One is that an excess of androgens caused by obesity provokes acne.
  • Anti-androgens are often combined with birth control pills.
British Dictionary definitions for androgens


any of several steroids, produced as hormones by the testes or made synthetically, that promote development of male sexual organs and male secondary sexual characteristics
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androgenic (ˌændrəˈdʒɛnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for androgens



male sex hormone, 1936, from andro- + -gen.

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androgens in Medicine

androgen an·dro·gen (ān'drə-jən)
A steroid, such as testosterone or androsterone, that controls the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics. Also called androgenic hormone, testoid.

an'dro·gen'ic (-jěn'ĭk) adj.
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androgens in Science
Any of several steroid hormones, especially testosterone, that regulate the growth, development, and function of the male reproductive system. The main source of androgens in the body are the testes.
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