- an analogue of cortisone, C21H26O5, used as an anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and antineoplastic in the treatment of various diseases.
Origin of prednisone
1950–55; pre(gna)d(ie)n(e), a component of its chemical name + (cort)isone
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Jumbling my words, I tried to explain the disease and prednisone and its side effects.
Prednisone is often used to combat the inflammation brought on by autoimmune diseases.
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- a steroid drug derived from cortisone and having the same uses
C20: perhaps from pre (gnant) + -d (ie) n (e) + (cort) isone
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Word Origin and History for prednisone
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- A synthetic steroid similar to cortisone that is used as an antiallergic, immunosuppressive, and anticancer drug and as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
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