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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Esteroide anabólico

Anabolic steroid (A-nuh-BAH-lik STAYR-oyd)
A type of steroid that is used in medicine to repair body tissues and to increase appetite and the growth of muscles. Anabolic steroids are made in the laboratory from testosterone (a male hormone).



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.