Sex steroid

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Definition

noun, plural: sex steroids

Steroid hormone capable of interacting with vertebrate sex hormone receptors (e.g. androgen and estrogen receptors).


Supplement

Sex steroids are produced naturally by the ovaries and testes, and by adrenal glands. They may also arise from other sex steroids in some tissues such as adipose tissues.


Synonym: gonadal steroid

See also: sex hormone