[ an-druh-juh n, -jen ]
/ ˈæn drə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /

noun Biochemistry.

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

Origin of androgen

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

Related forms

an·dro·gen·ic [an-druh-jen-ik] /ˌæn drəˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for androgen


/ (ˈændrədʒən) /


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

androgenic (ˌændrəˈdʒɛnɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for androgen


[ ăndrə-jən ]


A steroid, such as testosterone or androsterone, that controls the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics.androgenic hormone

Related forms

an′dro•genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for androgen


[ ăndrə-jən ]

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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