cortisol

[ kawr-tuh-sawl, -sohl ]

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

  2. Pharmacology. hydrocortisone.

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Origin of cortisol

1
First recorded in 1950–55; cortis(one) + -ol1

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British Dictionary definitions for cortisol

cortisol

/ (ˈkɔːtɪˌsɒl) /


noun
  1. another name for hydrocortisone

Origin of cortisol

1
C20: from cortis (one) + -ol ²

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Scientific definitions for cortisol

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.

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