steroid

noun
ste·​roid | \ ˈster-ˌȯid also ˈstir- \
plural steroids

Definition of steroid

: any of various compounds containing a 17-carbon 4-ring system and including the sterols and numerous hormones (such as anabolic steroids or corticosteroids) and glycosides Fifty steroids have been shown to be present in the adrenal cortex. Only seven of these, however, have been shown to exert a significant biological effect related to adrenal cortical function.— John E. Hoover often, specifically : anabolic steroid an athlete taking/using steroids a steroid user Their … reporting triggered a national wake-up call about steroid use that led to congressional hearings, and, at long last, steroid testing in baseball. — Rick Reilly
on steroids
1 : taking anabolic steroids an athlete accused of being on steroids The term [road rage] was presumably based on "roid rage," referring to sudden violent activity by people on steroids.— Michael Fumento
2 informal : greatly increased in size or power beyond what is normal or usual With one giant claw and one smaller one, the creature looks like a fiddler crab on steroids.— Don Wilson … the inflation of a military budget that already looks as though it's on steroids.— Donald Kaul Only technology could cook it in record time. A microwave oven on steroids, that cooks eight times faster than other conventional ovens.— James Hattori et al.

Other Words from steroid

steroid or steroidal \ stə-​ˈrȯi-​dᵊl \ adjective

Examples of steroid in a Sentence

He was accused of taking steroids.
Recent Examples on the Web Dunand is 695 home runs behind his uncle, who is fourth on the all-time list after a career tainted by steroid use. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 8 May 2022 It was billed as the final steroid shot needed to propel the economy out of its COVID-19-induced doldrums. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Your dermatologist can also prescribe a topical steroid to help mitigate the inflammation in the first few days. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 29 Mar. 2022 Zedan has not been linked to the doping scandal that saw Medina Spirit test positive after the Kentucky Derby last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day. Rob Harris, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2022 The since-deceased Medina Spirit tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day. Gary B. Graves, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Feb. 2022 The since-deceased Medina Spirit tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day. oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2022 Betamethasone is a legal, pain-relieving steroid commonly used to treat horses, but in many states, including Kentucky, no amount of it is allowed in a horse's system on race day. NBC News, 21 Feb. 2022 Mark McGwire, who admitted to taking androstenedione, a steroid, received 12.3% of the votes in 2016, his final year on the ballot. Evan Petzold, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of steroid

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steroid

International Scientific Vocabulary sterol + -oid

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14 May 2022

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“Steroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steroid. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for steroid

steroid

noun
ste·​roid | \ ˈstir-ˌȯid , ˈster- \

Kids Definition of steroid

: any of various chemical compounds that include many hormones (as anabolic steroids)

steroid

noun
ste·​roid | \ ˈsti(ə)r-ˌȯid also ˈste(ə)r- \

Medical Definition of steroid

: any of numerous natural or synthetic compounds containing a 17-carbon 4-ring system and including the sterols and various hormones and glycosides — see anabolic steroid

Other Words from steroid

steroid or steroidal \ stə-​ˈrȯid-​ᵊl \ adjective

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