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View in Spanish: Dihidrotestosterona

Dihydrotestosterone (dy-HY-droh-tes-TOS-teh-RONE)
A hormone made from testosterone in the prostate, testes, and certain other tissues. It is needed to develop and maintain male sex characteristics, such as facial hair, deep voice, and muscle growth. High amounts of dihydrotestosterone may increase the growth of prostate cancer and make it harder to treat. Also called androstanolone and DHT.

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