Steroid Hormone

The steroid hormones, secreted by the adrenal cortex and the gonads, are characterized by a common fourring structure.

Seemingly slight modifications in chemical structure result in very great differences in biological activity. On the basis of their activity and their structure, the steroid hormones can be grouped into the following functional categories: (1) androgenic hormones, (2) estrogenic hormones, (3) progestational hormones, and (4) corticosteroid hormones. These can be divided further into the subcategories of glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids.


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