Nonsteroidal is a term used to describe a compound that is not a steroid and to indicate as such.

It is used in the name of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to distinguish them from corticosteroids as a class of anti-inflammatory agents.[1]

Nonsteroidal is also used to describe steroidergic drugs that are not steroid derivatives.[2][3] Examples include the following:[2][3]


  1. Buer JK (Oct 2014). "Origins and impact of the term 'NSAID'". Inflammopharmacology. 22 (5): 263–7. doi:10.1007/s10787-014-0211-2. PMID 25064056.
  2. 1 2 Edward J. Pavlik (6 December 2012). Estrogens, Progestins, and Their Antagonists: Health Issues. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-1-4612-4096-9.
  3. 1 2 Thomas Nogrady Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Concordia University (Emeritus); Donald F. Weaver Canada Research Chair and Professor of Medicine and Chemistry Dalhousie University (27 July 2005). Medicinal Chemistry : A Molecular and Biochemical Approach: A Molecular and Biochemical Approach. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 322–. ISBN 978-0-19-802645-7.

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