[ gloo-koh-kawr-ti-koid ]
/ ˌglu koʊˈkɔr tɪˌkɔɪd /

noun Biochemistry.

any of a class of steroid hormones that are synthesized by the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and have anti-inflammatory activity.

Origin of glucocorticoid

1945–50; gluco- + cortic(o)- + -oid; cf. corticosteroid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for glucocorticoid

/ (ˌɡluːkəʊˈkɔːtɪˌkɔɪd) /


any of a class of corticosteroids that control carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism and have anti-inflammatory activity
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Medicine definitions for glucocorticoid

[ glōō′kō-kôrtĭ-koid′ ]


Any of a group of anti-inflammatory steroidlike compounds, such as hydrocortisone, that are produced by the adrenal cortex, are involved in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, and are used as anti-inflammatory agents.

Other words from glucocorticoid

glu′co•corti•coid′ adj.
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