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Androgens

Synonym(s)

  • androgenic agents
  • androgenic compounds

Definition(s)

Compounds that interact with androgen receptors in target tissues to bring about the effects similar to those of testosterone. Depending on the target tissues, androgenic effects can be on sexual differentiation; male reproductive organs, spermatogenesis; secondary male sex characteristics; libido; development of muscle mass, strength, and power.

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A family of hormones that promote the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014