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steroid

Pronunciation: ster'oyd, ster'oyd

Definition:

  1. Pertaining to the steroids.
  2. One of the steroids (sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, precursors of the D vitamins).
  3. Generic designation for compounds closely related in structure to the steroids, such as sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, and precursors of the D vitamins.

Synonym(s): steroidal

[G. stereos, solid; solid lipids vs oils]

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