Any of a group of synthetic steroid hormones used to stimulate muscle and bone growth; sometimes used illicitly by athletes to increase their strength.
any of several synthetic hormones used by athletes to improve their strength and muscles, or for medical purposes.
Any hormone of the steroid group that stimulates tissue growth. Its use in medicine is limited to the treatment of some anemias and breast cancers; it may help to break up blood clots. Side effects include aggressive behavior, masculinization in women, and, in children, reduced height.
It is used in sports, such as weight lifting and track and field, to increase muscle bulk for greater strength and stamina but it is widely condemned because of dangerous side effects. In 1988 the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of an Olympic gold medal for having taken anabolic steroids.