[ an-druh-juhn, -jen ]

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

Origin of androgen

First recorded in 1935–40; andro- + -gen

Other words from androgen

  • an·dro·gen·ic [an-druh-jen-ik], /ˌæn drəˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective

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How to use androgen in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for androgen


/ (ˈændrədʒən) /

  1. 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 forms of androgen

  • androgenic (ˌændrəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for androgen


[ ăndrə-jən ]

  1. 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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