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dehydroandrosteroneA weak androgenic steroid produced in the adrenal cortex and secreted by ♂ and ♀; DHEA levels ↑ during childhood, rise rapidly after puberty, peak at age 20 and then ↓ Abnormal values ↑ in Adrenal tumors and hyperplasia, Cushing's disease, hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome, ↓ in Addison's disease, hyperlipidemia, psychosis, psoriasis. See Unproven methods for cancer management.
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A previously used name for dehydroepiandrosterone.
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