- any of a class of steroids, as aldosterone, hydrocortisone, or cortisone, occurring in nature, especially as a product of the adrenal cortex, or synthesized.
Origin of corticosteroid
Also called cor·ti·coid [kawr-tuh-koid] /ˈkɔr təˌkɔɪd/.
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- any steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that affects carbohydrate, protein, and electrolyte metabolism, gonad function, and immune response
- any similar synthetic substance, used in treating inflammatory and allergic diseases
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Word Origin and History for corticosteroid
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- Any of the steroid hormones produced by the adrenal cortex or their synthetic equivalents.
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- Any of the steroid hormones, such as cortisol or aldosterone, produced by the cortex of the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids are also produced synthetically for medicinal purposes.
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