- Also ste·roi·dal [sti-roid-l, ste-] /stɪˈrɔɪd l, stɛ-/. pertaining to or characteristic of a steroid.
- on steroids, Slang. much larger, stronger, or more extreme than is normal or expected: Yosemite is nature on steroids. He's so lovable, he's like Santa Claus on steroids.
Origin of steroid
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Examples from the Web for steroids
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That's right, he said he should have some steroids because he was an Addisonian.
That's just who he said he was, because he was asking that the President be given some steroids, which was done.
- biochem any of a large group of fat-soluble organic compounds containing a characteristic chemical ring system. The majority, including the sterols, bile acids, many hormones, and the D vitamins, have important physiological action
C20: from sterol + -oid
Word Origin and History for steroids
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of numerous naturally occurring or synthetic fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings and including the sterols and bile acids, adrenocortical and sex hormones, certain natural drugs such as digitalis compounds, and the precursors of certain vitamins.steroid hormone
- Relating to or characteristic of steroids or steroid hormones.
- Any of a large class of organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings fused together. Steroids include many biologically important compounds, including cholesterol and other sterols, the sex hormones (such as testosterone and estrogen), bile acids, adrenal hormones, plant alkaloids, and certain forms of vitamins.
- Any of various hormones having the structure of a steroid that are made synthetically, especially for use in medicine.
- An anabolic steroid.
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Steroids are often used illegally to increase the performance of competitive athletes of almost all age groups. They are banned in many athletic competitions, such as the Olympic Games.
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