Pronunciation: (stēr'oid, ster'-), [key] Biochem.
any of a large group of fat-soluble organic compounds, as the sterols, bile acids, and sex hormones, most of which have specific physiological action.
Also,ste•roi•dalPronunciation: (sti-roid'l, ste-). [key]pertaining to or characteristic of a steroid.
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