Definition of dihydrotestosterone in English:

dihydrotestosterone

noun

Biochemistry
  • A male sex hormone that is the active form of testosterone, formed from testosterone in bodily tissue.

    • ‘These receptors attract the male hormone, dihydrotestosterone, which flows in the blood stream and as a result starts the hair-loss process.’
    • ‘Another drug, finasteride, interferes with the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that stimulates the prostate to grow.’
    • ‘In a number of target tissues, testosterone can be converted to dihydrotestosterone.’
    • ‘In the male some tissues are responsive to dihydrotestosterone rather than testosterone itself, and so a deficiency of the enzyme catalyzing this conversion produces the appearance of testosterone deficiency.’
    • ‘It also turns the hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which effects male sexual characteristics.’

Origin

1950s: from dihydro- (in the sense containing two hydrogen atoms in the molecule) + testosterone.

Pronunciation:

dihydrotestosterone

/dīˌhīdrōtesˈtästəˌrōn/