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The steroid hormones are referred to by various abbreviations in the biological literature. The purpose of this list is to give commonly used abbreviations for steroid hormones, with supporting references to the literature.

Table of abbreviationsEdit

Trivial Name Abbreviation(s) Systematic Name
Cholesterol Chol[1] 5-cholesten-3beta-ol
Pregnenolone P5[2] or Preg[3] 3beta-hydroxy-5-pregnen-20-one
17α-Hydroxypregnenolone 17-OHP5[4] or 17P5[5] 3beta,17-dihydroxy-5-pregnen-20-one
Progesterone P4[6] or P[3] 4-pregnene-3,20-dione
17α-Hydroxyprogesterone 17-OHP4[4] or 17OHP[7] or 17P4[5] 17α-hydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
Allopregnanolone ALLO 5α-pregnan-3α-ol-20-one
Androstenedione A4[8] or AE[9] 4-androstene-3,17-dione
4-Hydroxyandrostenedione 4-OH-A[3]
11β-Hydroxyandrostenedione 11βOHA4[10] or 11βOHΔ4[11] or OHA[12] 11β-Hydroxy-4-androstene-3,17-dione
Androstanediol Adiol[13] 3-beta,17-beta-Androstanediol
Androsterone AN[9] 3alpha-hydroxy-5alpha-androstan-17-one
Epiandrosterone EPIA[14] 3beta-hydroxy-5alpha-androstan-17-one
Adrenosterone AT[citation needed] 4-androstene-3,11,17-trione
Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA[15] or DHA[16] 3beta-hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate DHEAS[8] or DHAS[16] 3beta-sulfooxy-5-androsten-17-one
Testosterone T[4] 17beta-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one
Epitestosterone epiT[17] 17alpha-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one
5α-Dihydrotestosterone DHT[15] or 5α-DHT[18] 17beta-hydroxy-5alpha-androstan-3-one
5β-Dihydrotestosterone 5β-DHT[18] 17beta-hydroxy-5beta-androstan-3-one
11β-Hydroxytestosterone OHT[12] or 11β-OHT[19] 11beta,17beta-dihydroxy-4-androsten-3-one
11-Ketotestosterone 11-KT[20] 17beta-hydroxy-4-androsten-3,17-dione
Estrone E1[6] 3-hydroxy-1,3,5(10)-estratrien-17-one
Estradiol E2[4] 1,3,5(10)-estratriene-3,17beta-diol
Estriol E3[6] 1,3,5(10)-estratriene-3,16alpha,17beta-triol
Corticosterone B[7] or CORT[21] 11beta,21-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
11-Deoxycorticosterone DOC[7] 21-hydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
Cortisol F[7] 11beta,17,21-trihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
11-Deoxycortisol S[22] 17,21-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
Cortisone E[7] 17,21-dihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,11,20-trione
18-Hydroxycorticosterone 18OHB[23] or 18B[24] 11beta,18,21-trihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
1α-Hydroxycorticosterone 1α-B[25] 1alpha,11beta, 21-trihydroxy-4-pregnene-3,20-dione
Aldosterone A[7] or ALDO[26] 18,11-hemiacetal of 11beta,21-dihydroxy-3,20-dioxo-4-pregnen-18-al


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