Definition of testosterone in English:



  • A steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex.

    • ‘The testicles are glands that produce sperm and the hormone testosterone.’
    • ‘It's caused by the male hormone testosterone fluctuating, and highs and lows are perfectly normal at his age.’
    • ‘A rush of testosterone and adrenaline buoys you through to the last rep of the last set.’
    • ‘There is evidence now that testosterone may be as useful as oestrogen in maintaining alertness.’
    • ‘They have more testosterone which gives them more explosive energy.’
    • ‘Men who have low levels of the male hormone, testosterone, are also at a higher risk of osteoporosis.’
    • ‘The physiological consequences of taking testosterone and human growth hormone are not yet fully known.’
    • ‘In the longer term, it interferes with the production of the male hormone testosterone, which can reduce libido.’
    • ‘Anabolic steroids are drugs that are related to testosterone, a male hormone.’
    • ‘Following therapy, angina patients using testosterone could walk further and had fewer symptoms.’
    • ‘Science writer Bob Beale looks at some of the myths surrounding the male hormone testosterone.’
    • ‘Females naturally produce testosterone, but not in anything like quantities found in males.’
    • ‘Precisely how testosterone may trigger violence in the brain is a mystery.’
    • ‘He may be exhausted, but the adrenaline, testosterone and venom coursing through his veins will see him through.’
    • ‘Hormone treatments are appropriate for those who have too little testosterone or too much prolactin in their blood.’
    • ‘The male hormone, testosterone, also helps to keep the bones healthy.’
    • ‘Now while females don't have high levels of testosterone, they still do have levels of this hormone.’
    • ‘Finally, the adrenal cortex produces the male sex hormone testosterone.’
    • ‘Both red blood cells and testosterone drop as the body becomes fatigued, impairing performance.’
    • ‘Women wear the patch on their abdomen, where it gradually releases a dose of testosterone into the body through the skin.’


1930s: from testis + sterone (blend of sterol and ketone).