Steroids are lipophilic, low-molecular weight compounds derived from cholesterol that play a number of important physiological roles. The steroid hormones are synthesized mainly by endocrine glands such as the gonads (testis and ovary), the adrenals and (during gestation) by the fetoplacental unit, and are then released into the blood circulation. The actions of glucocorticoids can be terminated by conversion of these steroids to biologically inactive forms. The processes by which these steroids are inactivated involve a number of enzymes and tissues.
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