- any of a class of steroid hormones that are synthesized by the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and have anti-inflammatory activity.
Origin of glucocorticoid
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- any of a class of corticosteroids that control carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism and have anti-inflammatory activity
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- 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.
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