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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


steroid metabolism gene  listen  (STAYR-oyd meh-TA-buh-lih-zum jeen)

  A type of gene that helps the body build up or break down steroids. Steroids may be made by the body (such as hormones and cholesterol) or made in a laboratory (such as drugs). A steroid metabolism gene called CYP17 is being studied in breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.