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corticosteroid

[ kawr-tuh-koh-ster-oid, -steer- ]

noun

, Biochemistry.
  1. any of a class of steroids, as aldosterone, hydrocortisone, or cortisone, occurring in nature, especially as a product of the adrenal cortex, or synthesized.


corticosteroid

/ ˌkɔːtɪkəʊˈstɪərɔɪd /

noun

  1. any steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that affects carbohydrate, protein, and electrolyte metabolism, gonad function, and immune response
  2. any similar synthetic substance, used in treating inflammatory and allergic diseases


corticosteroid

/ kôr′tĭ-kō-stîroid′,-stĕr- /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of corticosteroid1

First recorded in 1940–45; cortico- + steroid

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Example Sentences

For example, corticosteroids can cause fluid retention, and adding a salty diet to the mix can exacerbate that issue.

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Other experts say that pricey biologics might be needed far less if more patients with severe asthma reliably took their inhaled corticosteroids.

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For decades, corticosteroids have been a standby of IBD therapy.

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These included a reduction in activity limitations and asthma symptoms—improvements that were comparable to those prior research had linked to inhaled corticosteroids.

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Several common corticosteroids were used in the different trials, including dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone.

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