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Introduction to Testosterone

April 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments ·


Chemistry of Testosterone Discovery and Synthesis Historical Significance Anabolic Steroid




-a steroid hormone from the androgen family

-found primarily in the testes of males and the ovaries of females

-Males produce 20-40 times more testosterone than females —>this discrepancy causes many of the biological differences between the sexes

-Beliefs that the male sex organ holds the key to strength, vitality and masculinity have prehistoric context:

-distinct physical and behavioral changes occurred after castrating male mammals

-the male hormone was finally synthesized in a laboratory in 1935, the responsible parties named their discovery Testosterone.


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