any of a group of lipids with a complex molecule containing carbon atoms in four interlocking rings forming a hydrogenated cyclopentophenanthrene-ring system; three of the rings contain six carbon atoms each and the fourth contains five. Steroids are important in body chemistry and include steroid hormones
such as the gonadal
or sex steroids
, and mineralocorticoids
of the D group; and the sterols
, including cholesterol
, the main building block of the steroid hormones in the body. The cardiac glycosides
, a group of compounds derived from certain plants, are partly steroids.
any of a group of synthetic derivatives of testosterone
having pronounced anabolic properties and relatively weak androgenic properties; they are used clinically mainly to promote growth and repair of body tissues in diseases or states promoting catabolism or tissue wasting.
) a steroid hormone
produced by a gonad
, such as an androgen
, or progestational agent
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
ster·oid (stēr'oyd, ster'oyd), Avoid using the simple word steroid in a special sense, such as adrenal corticosteroid (or corticoid) or anabolic steroid, unless the meaning is clear from the context.
One of the steroids (for example, sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, precursors of the D vitamins). Synonym(s): sterid
3. Generic designation for compounds closely related in structure to the steroids, such as sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, and precursors of the D vitamins.
[G. stereos, solid; solid lipids vs oils]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
steroid (stĕr′oid′, stîr′-)
1. Any of numerous fat-soluble organic compounds that have a core structure of 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings, found naturally in animals, plants, and fungi, or produced synthetically. Steroids include the sterols (such as cholesterol), sex hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone), corticosteroid hormones (such as cortisol), bile acids, and anabolic steroids.
2. Informal An anabolic steroid.
ste′roid′, ste·roi′dal (stĕ-roid′l, stĭ-) adj.
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steroid adjective Pertaining to steroid hormones noun
1. A cholesterol-derived lipid that is the parent compound for steroid hormones of the adrenal gland and gonads.
Steroid hormone A hormone produced from modified cholesterol Examples Hormones from testis, ovary, adrenal cortex, etc Uses Relief of swelling, inflammation. See Anabolic steroid, Corticosteroid
, Glucocorticosteroid, Ketogenic steroid
. Cf Peptide hormone.
3. Any compound–eg, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, vitamin D precursors, that is struturally similar–ie, has a cyclopentaphenanthrene core–to steroid hormones.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Pertaining to the steroids.
Generic designation for compounds closely related in structure to the steroids, such as sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, and precursors of the D vitamins.
[G. stereos, solid; solid lipids vs. oils]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
Any member of the class of fat-soluble organic compounds based on a structure of 17 carbon atoms arranged in three connected rings of six, six and five carbons. The steroids include the adrenal cortex hormones, the SEX HORMONES
, BILE SALTS
and a wide range of synthetic compounds produced for therapeutic purposes. Anabolic steroids are male sex hormones that stimulate the production of protein.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
steroid an important but unusual type of LIPID, formed of four rings of carbon atoms with various side groups, such as cholesterol, digitoxin (which forms part of the heart-stimulating drug digitalis) and cortisone.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
A natural body substance that often is given to women before delivering a very premature infant to stimulate the fetal lungs to produce surfactant, hopefully preventing RDS (or making it less severe).
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
One of a group of hormonal substances produced mainly by the adrenal cortex. They fall into three main groups: glucocorticoids (or glucocorticosteroids), mineralocorticoids and sex hormones. The glucocorticoids have antiinflammatory properties reducing vasodilatation, stabilizing mast cells thus decreasing the release of histamine and maintaining the normal permeability of blood thus preventing oedema. They also inhibit the production of prostaglandins, which mediate some of the effects of inflammation. They are widely used in the treatment of a variety of inflammatory diseases of various organs including the eye (e.g. allergic and vernal conjunctivitis, corneal diseases, iritis, uveitis and sympathetic ophthalmia). The natural glucocorticoids, such as cortisone and hydrocortisone, are effective only at high doses. Synthetic and more potent steroids are used in ophthalmic treatment (when used as ophthalmic preparations they are called corticosteroids
). They include, betamethasone, dexamethasone, fluorometholone, prednisolone and triamcinolone. See antiinflammatory drug
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
1. Pertaining to the steroids.
2. One of the steroids (e.g., sterols, bile acids, cardiac glycosides, androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, precursors of the D vitamins).
[G. stereos, solid; solid lipids vs. oils]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
Patient discussion about steroid
Q. Does steroids make children shorter? My 10 years-old son has asthma, and is treated with a steroid inhaler. Will this treatment cause him to be shorter in the future?
A. I don't think so. My cousin had asthma very badly when he was young, and he grew up to be tall, strong and healthy, thank goodness. Sometimes one does outgrow this, sometimes now, but as far as growth goes, I don't think it will stump growth.
Q. what sort of diet should I take to tone up my muscle and to lose fat in my body? Is steroid a good idea?
A. as williams41 say- it's a BAD idea... steroids wil damage your body immune system and can get you more prone to bacterial/virus/fungal attacks. it also have unhealthy side effects that one of them is distribution of fat in the face area that can be unpleasant. so consider your steps...
Q. Had FMS for almost twenty years now, tried almost everything. Is Lyrica in the "steroid" family? Any one in this community could help me? I have given my few questions to find out an answer. I Had FMS for almost twenty years now, tried almost everything. I'm considering Lyrica but I'd like more info. Is Lyrica in the "steroid" family? If you go on Lyrica for a while & see no improvement with pain, is going off of it a big deal like with other med's, or can you simply just stop taking it? I take Ambien, will that have any interactions? I'm seeing my Doc about this at the end of the month, but I was hoping to get some personal experiences about it. Thanks for any thoughts! Thanks for your answers, keep them coming!
A. according to this-More discussions about steroid
there is a moderate interaction. that means you can take them both but be checked regularly for depression of breath.
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