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corticosteroid

[ kawr-tuh-koh-ster-oid, -steer- ]
/ ˌkɔr tə koʊˈstɛr ɔɪd, -ˈstɪər- /
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Definition of corticosteroid

noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of steroids, as aldosterone, hydrocortisone, or cortisone, occurring in nature, especially as a product of the adrenal cortex, or synthesized.
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Also called cor·ti·coid [kawr-tuh-koid]. /ˈkɔr təˌkɔɪd/.

Origin of corticosteroid

First recorded in 1940–45; cortico- + steroid
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British Dictionary definitions for corticosteroid

corticosteroid

corticoid

/ (ˌkɔːtɪkəʊˈstɪərɔɪd) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for corticosteroid

corticosteroid
[ kôr′tĭ-kō-stîroid′, -stĕr- ]

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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