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“anabolic steroid” in British English

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anabolic steroidnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæn.ə.bɒl.ɪk ˈster.ɔɪd/ /ˌæn.ə.bɒl.ɪk ˈstɪə.rɔɪd / us /ˌæn.ə.bɑː.lɪk ˈster.ɔɪd/ /ˌæn.ə.bɑː.lɪk ˈstɪr.ɔɪd/

a hormone (= a chemical made by living cells) that causes muscle and bone growth. Anabolic steroids are sometimes used illegally by athletes competing in sports competitions:

He was disqualified after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

(Definition of “anabolic steroid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)