Origin: Anc Greek ανδρογόνος < ανδρός, genitive of word ανήρ/aner(=male) + γένος/genos(=generation, produced by) -à generating man
In the article “Endocrines theory and practice” in J Chemistry and Assay of male hormones (1957) by R.K Callow and A.S Parkes is mentioned that :
“the terms androgenic in the sense of causing the development of male organs and characters and androgen a substance with this property, have been used by American writers . They supply very necessary parallels to the terms “oestrogenic” and oestrogen” applied to female sex hormones.”
Any of a group of hormones, such as testosterone or androsterone, that stimulates or controls the development and maintenance of the secondary male sex characteristics.