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An unsaturated androgenic steroid, C19H26O2, that is secreted by the testis, ovary, and adrenal cortex and is a precursor of both androgens and estrogens. Until 2005, when its nonprescription sale and use became illegal in the United States, synthetic androstenedione was used as a dietary supplement to enhance athletic performance.
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