Definition of steroids

Naturally occurring compounds and synthetic analogues, based on the cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene carbon skeleton, partially or completely hydrogenated; there are usually methyl groups at C-10 and C-13, and often an alkyl group at C-17. By extension, one or more bond scissions, ring expansions and/or ring contractions of the skeleton may have occurred. BNRD, Rule 3S-1.0 (p. 193). Natural steroids are derived biogenetically from triterpenoids.

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