androsterone :

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  • n  an androgenic hormone that is less active than testosterone

  • Like androsterone, testosterone is made from the fat (cholesterol) in sheep's wool, but is 25 to 50 times as potent a masculinizer as concentrated androsterone.
  • Example: androsterone lowers the level of circulating cholesterol (though testosterone may raise it), may thus be useful in combating atherosclerosis and reducing the danger of .
  • That male sex hormone was named androsterone.

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