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17-ketosteroids
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<biochemistry> A steroid based molecule that can be measured in urine. A fraction of cortisol is metabolised to 17-ketosteroids and excreted in the urine.

Conditions which result in increased serum cortisol (Cushing's syndrome and Cushing's disease) will result in elevations in 17-ketosteroid levels in the urine.

Abbreviation: 17-KS

(27 Sep 1997)