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cortisol

[ kawr-tuh-sawl, -sohl ]
/ ˈkɔr təˌsɔl, -ˌsoʊl /
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noun

Biochemistry. one of several steroid hormones produced by the adrenal cortex and resembling cortisone in its action.
Pharmacology. hydrocortisone.

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Origin of cortisol

First recorded in 1950–55; cortis(one) + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for cortisol

cortisol
/ (ˈkɔːtɪˌsɒl) /

noun

another name for hydrocortisone

Word Origin for cortisol

C20: from cortis (one) + -ol ²
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Medical definitions for cortisol

cortisol
[ kôrtĭ-sôl′, -zôl′, -sōl′, -zōl′ ]

n.

hydrocortisone
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Scientific definitions for cortisol

cortisol
[ kôrtĭ-sôl′, -sōl′ ]

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.
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