||The structure of the testosterone molecule and its derivatives has been
determined by several groups. The data used in this page is from the crystallographic work
reported in J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, (1973) p1978. The authors
were P.J. Roberts, R.C. Pettersen, G.M. Sheldrick, N.W. Isaacs, and O. Kennard.
- Testosterone is the common name for 17beta-Hydroxandrost-4-en-3-one, or C19H28O2.
Its common name comes from the fact that is is the principal hormone of the testes. It is
one of a large class of steroids that are important in the chemistry of the human body
(and many other animals). You can compare the structure of testosterone with that of
cholesterol, another well-known steroid. The four rings shown in the molecule are common
to all steroids, and are found in such molecules as cortisone, progesterone,
norethynodrel, and RU-486.
Adapted from a page on Testosterone among other steroids.
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