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The chemical structur o testosterone.
A baw-an-stick model o testosterone.
IUPAC name
Ither names
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 288.43 g·mol−1
Meltin pynt 155
G03BA03 (WHO)
Licence data
Transdermal (gel, cream, solution, patch), bi mooth (as testosterone undecanoate), in the cheek, intranasal (gel), intramuscular injection (as esters), subcutaneous pellets
Oral: very law (due tae extensive first pass metabolism)
97.0–99.5% (to SHBG and albumin)[1]
Liver (mainly reduction and conjugation)
Urine (90%), feces (6%)
Except whaur itherwise notit, data are gien for materials in thair staundart state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Testosterone is the primar male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In male humans, testosterone plays a key role in the development o male reproductive tishies sic as testes an prostate, as weel as promotin seicontar sexual chairactereestics sic as increased muscle an bane mass, an the growthe o bouk hair.[2] In addeetion, testosterone is involved in heal an well-bein,[3] an the prevention o osteoporosis.[4] Insufficient levels o testosterone in men mey lead tae abnormalities includin frailty an bane loss.

Testosterone is a steroid frae the androstane cless conteenin a keto an hydroxyl groups at the three an seiventeen poseetions respectively. It is biosynthesised in several steps frae cholesterol an is convertit in the liver tae inactive metabolites.[5] It exerts its action throu bindin to an activation o the androgen receptor.[5] In humans an maist ither vertebrates, testosterone is secretit primarily bi the testicles o males an, tae a lesser extent, the ovaries o females. On average, in adult males, levels o testosterone are aboot 7 tae 8 times as great as in adult females.[6] As the metabolism o testosterone in males is greater, the daily production is aboot 20 times greater in men.[7][8] Females are an aw mair sensitive tae the hormone.[9]

In addeetion tae its role as a naitural hormone, testosterone is uised as a medication, for instance in the treatment o law testosterone levels in men an breast cancer in weemen.[10] Syne testosterone levels decrease as men age, testosterone is whiles uised in aulder men tae coonteract this deficiency. It is an aw uised illeecitly tae enhance physique an performance, for instance in athletes.

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