- Biochemistry. a steroid hormone, C21H30O5, of the adrenal cortex, active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
- 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
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- 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 5Also called: cortisol
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- A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure.cortisol
- A preparation of this hormone obtained from natural sources or produced synthetically and used to treat inflammatory conditions and adrenal failure.
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- 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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