steroid etymology

English word steroid comes from English sterol, English -oid

Detailed word origin of steroid

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
sterol English (eng) (biochemistry) Any member of a class of steroids containing a hydroxyl group in the 3-position of the A-ring; they are found in all animal and plant tissue and play an important role in hormone chemistry.
-oid English (eng) Of similar form to, but not the same as. Having the likeness of. Forms adjectives and nouns.
steroid English (eng) (biochemistry) A class of organic compounds having a structure of 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings; they are lipids, and occur naturally as sterols, bile acids, adrenal and sex hormones, and some vitamins; many drugs are synthetic steroids.. (bodybuilding) Any anabolic hormone used to promote muscle growth.. (sports, US) Any chemical compound used to enhance athletic performance.

Words with the same origin as steroid

Descendants of sterol
aminosteroid anabolic steroid antisteroid azasteroid corticosteroid cyclosteroid ketosteroid neurosteroid nonsteroid norsteroid phytosteroid poststeroid roid roid-head steroidal steroidlike steroidogenesis steroidogenic steroidome
Descendants of -oid
alkaloid asteroid cannabinoid colloidal cycloid designoid factoid fibroid humanoid insectoid keloid mechanoid mong mongoloid monoid negro opioid paranoid planetoid schizoid solenoid sphenoid trapezoid