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an androgen, C19H30O2, less potent than testosterone, secreted by the testis, ovary, and adrenal cortex.
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Androstanedione with a double bond between C-4 and C-5; an androgenic steroid of weaker biologic potency than testosterone; secreted by the testis, ovary, and adrenal cortex.
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An unsaturated androgenic steroid, C19H26O2, that is secreted by the testis, ovary, and adrenal cortex and is a precursor of both androgens and estrogens. Until 2005, when its nonprescription sale and use became illegal in the United States, synthetic androstenedione was used as a dietary supplement to enhance athletic performance.
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An androgenic steroid less potent than testosterone, which is produced by the adrenal cortex, ovary and testis and converted to estrone in fat and the liver; in men, overproduction of androstendione may cause feminisation.
Increased in
Cushing syndrome; ovarian, testicular or adrenocortical tumours; adrenal hyperplasia; polycystic ovary disease.

Decreased in
Hypogonadism, Addison’s disease.
Ref range
Women (premenopausal)—0.5–3 ng/mL; women (postmenopausal)—0.3-8 ng/mL; men—0.9–1.7 ng/mL.
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An androgenic steroid, less potent than testosterone, which is produced by the adrenal cortex and gonads, and converted to estrone in fat and the liver; in ♂, overproduction of androstendione may cause feminization; androstenedione is ↑ in Cushing syndrome, ovarian, testicular, or adrenocortical tumors, adrenal hyperplasia, polycystic ovary disease; it is ↓ in hypogonadism, Addison's disease
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An androgenic steroid of weaker biologic potency than testosterone; secreted by the testis, ovary, and the cortex of the suprarenal gland.
See also: performance enhancing drug
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Also called "andro," this hormone occurs naturally during the making of testosterone and estrogen.
Mentioned in: Anabolic Steroid Use
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Endocrine responses to chronic Androstendione intake in 30- to 56-year--old men.
The aims of this investigation were to investigate the effects of (testosterone (T) and androstendione (AED)) in the presence of the anti-androgen, spironolactone (S), on Hep-2 cellular proliferation and damage after 24, 48, and 72 hours.
So can elevated androstendione, a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that has been linked to male pattern baldness.
Ginseng, Vitamin E, Zinc, Yohimbine, and over-the-counter male hormones such as androstendione and DHEA are thoroughly discussed.
In addition, blood samples were taken to measure testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, androstendione, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, and the Free Androgen Index was reported.
The specific objectives of this study ere (i) to histopathologically evaluate the structural changes associated with sustained delivery of testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and androstendione (AED) using adult male rats as a model, and (ii) to morphometrically evaluate the cortical areas and length upon the exposure of the aforementioned hormones for 90 days.