[ hahy-druh-kawr-tuh-zohn, -sohn ]

  1. Biochemistry. a steroid hormone, C21H30O5, of the adrenal cortex, active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.

  2. Pharmacology.Also called cortisol. a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, C21H30O5, used in the treatment of shock, allergies, certain forms of arthritis, and other conditions.

Origin of hydrocortisone

First recorded in 1950–55; hydro-2 + cortisone

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrocortisone


/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈkɔːtɪˌzəʊn) /

  1. the principal glucocorticoid secreted by the adrenal cortex; 17-hydroxycorticosterone. The synthesized form is used mainly in treating rheumatic, allergic, and inflammatory disorders. Formula: C 21 H 30 O 5: Also called: cortisol

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Scientific definitions for hydrocortisone


[ hī′drə-kôrtĭ-sōn′, -zōn′ ]

  1. A preparation of the hormone cortisol that is obtained naturally or produced synthetically and is used widely in the treatment of inflammatory conditions and allergies.

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