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cortisol

[kawr-tuh-sawl, -sohl]
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noun
  1. Biochemistry. one of several steroid hormones produced by the adrenal cortex and resembling cortisone in its action.
  2. Pharmacology. hydrocortisone.

Origin of cortisol

First recorded in 1950–55; cortis(one) + -ol1
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cortisol

noun
  1. another name for hydrocortisone

Word Origin

C20: from cortis (one) + -ol ²
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Word Origin and History for cortisol

n.

hydrocortisone, 1953, from cortisone + -ol.

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cortisol in Medicine

cortisol

(kôrtĭ-sôl′, -zôl′, -sōl′, -zōl′)
n.
  1. hydrocortisone

cortisol in Science

cortisol

[kôrtĭ-sôl′, -sōl′]
  1. The principal steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It regulates carbohydrate metabolism and the immune system and maintains blood pressure. When natural or synthetic cortisol is used as a pharmaceutical, it is known as hydrocortisone.