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[an-druh-juh n, -jen]
noun Biochemistry.
  1. any substance, as testosterone or androsterone, that promotes male characteristics.
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Origin of androgen

First recorded in 1935–40; andro- + -gen
Related formsan·dro·gen·ic [an-druh-jen-ik] /ˌæn drəˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective
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  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
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Derived Formsandrogenic (ˌændrəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for androgen


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

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androgen in Medicine


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


  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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