[an-druh-juh n, -jen]

noun Biochemistry.

any substance, as testosterone or androsterone, that promotes male characteristics.

Origin of androgen

First recorded in 1935–40; andro- + -gen
Related formsan·dro·gen·ic [an-druh-jen-ik] /ˌæn drəˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for androgen

Contemporary Examples of androgen

  • And androgen insensitivity syndrome,  which can cause people born with XY chromosomes (male typical) to appear feminine.

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British Dictionary definitions for androgen



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
Derived Formsandrogenic (ˌændrəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for androgen

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

androgen in Medicine




A steroid, such as testosterone or androsterone, that controls the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics.androgenic hormone
Related formsan′dro•genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
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androgen in Science



Any of several steroid hormones, especially testosterone, that regulate the growth, development, and function of the male reproductive system. The testes are the main source of bodily androgens.
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