Anabolic means muscle-building, androgenic means masculine growth, and Steroids refer to the class of drugs. It means that anabolic steroids are androgenic steroids. They are often referred to as AAS (androgenic anabolic steroids) in the medical terms. AA Steroids play catalystic role in anabolism, which is the metabolic process that builds larger molecules from smaller ones.
Anabolic steroids are sometimes also known as muscle building steroids in general terms. The anabolic muscle building steroids belong to the class of synthetic derivatives of testosterone that helps promoting muscle and bone growth. These muscle building steroids promote cell growth and cell division that result in growth of tissues, muscles, and bones
There are a number of androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids available on the market. Some of the androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids include Anadrol ® (oxymetholone), Dianabol (methandrostenolone), Testosterone, Anadur (nandrolone hexylphenylpropionate), Anavar (oxandrolone), Andriol (testosterone undecanoate), AndroGel® (testosterone), Cheque Drops (mibolerone), and Danocrine (danozol).
The muscle building steroids are legally available under prescriptions. Medically, androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids are often used to treat conditions, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence, which occur due to abnormally low amounts of testosterone production in the body. The muscle building steroids are also used to treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases, such as AIDS and other diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass.
The muscle building steroids are usually used by bodybuilders, weightlifters, and athletes to enhance their muscle mass, strength, and stamina, but such use of anabolic muscle building steroids for competitive purposes is legally banned. This is steroid abuse that may lead to elevated cholesterol levels, liver disease, blood clots leading to heart attack or stroke, increased aggressiveness and irritability, permanent stunting of growth in adolescents, etc.
According to a 1988 federal law, the distribution & use of androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids for nontherapeutic purposes is illegal. The androgenic anabolic muscle building steroids are controlled drugs in the United States, Canada, Britain, and many other countries of the world.