Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The generic term for any natural or synthetic compound, usually a steroid hormone, that stimulates or controls the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics in vertebrates. A male sex hormone such as testosterone or anabolic steroids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a hormone, such as testosterone or androsterone, that promotes development and maintenance of typical male sexual characteristics. They are mostly produced in the testes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. male sex hormone that is produced in the testes and responsible for typical male sexual characteristics

Etymologies

andro- +‎ -gen (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This hormone is called an androgen because it occurs in higher levels in men.

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  • Short-term androgen suppression produces inferior survival compared with long-term androgen suppression in the treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer, according to the results of a study published in the

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  • When these sebaceous glands are stimulated by a hormone called androgen, these glands go into hyper mode and start producing excess oil

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  • But a new study by physicians at Fox Chase Cancer Center shows that men over age 70 with high-risk prostate cancer lived longer and experienced increases in PSA less frequently when treated with long-term androgen deprivation therapy.

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  • MDV3100 is the first in a new class of medicines called androgen receptor signaling inhibitors, and is an oral, once-daily drug.

    Prostate Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Study

  • Conventional wisdom was that once a patient relapsed, the so-called androgen receptors—structures that protrude from tumor cells like a lock to attract the testosterone "key" that activates them and promotes tumor growth—were no longer driving the disease.

    Gaining on Prostate Cancer

  • THE QUESTION A widely prescribed treatment for prostate cancer, called androgen deprivation therapy, involves reducing levels of androgens - male sex hormones, such as testosterone - that circulate in the blood.

    Study: Treatment for prostate cancer may increase risk of colorectal cancer

  • To take just one example: individuals with XY chromosomes and a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, which makes their bodies insensitive to testosterone have the anatomies of women and, moreover, are often what Natalie Angier calls

    Intersections Between Analytic and Continental Feminism

  • Newswise — A popular prostate cancer treatment called androgen deprivation therapy may encourage prostate cancer cells to produce a protein that makes them more likely to spread throughout the body, a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests.

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  • MDV3100 is one of a new class of drugs, known as androgen inhibitors, designed to interfere with the ability of testosterone to bind to prostate cancer cells.

    Reuters: Press Release

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