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[pred-nuh-sohn, -zohn] /ˈprɛd nəˌsoʊn, -ˌzoʊn/
noun, Pharmacology
an analogue of cortisone, C 2 1 H 2 6 O 5 , used as an anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and antineoplastic in the treatment of various diseases.
Origin of prednisone
1950-55; pre(gna)d(ie)n(e), a component of its chemical name + (cort)isone Unabridged
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  • Anabolic steroids are not the same as prednisone prescribed by physicians for inflammatory and other disorders.
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  • prednisone or other corticosteroid medications help reduce the inflammation.
  • Adults are usually started on an anti-inflammatory steroid medicine called prednisone.
  • My gastroenterologist prescribed prednisone, a corticosteroid that vanquished my symptoms in seventy-two hours.
  • Maintenance therapy with prednisone may be continued indefinitely.
  • Corticosteroids taken by mouth, such as prednisolone and prednisone, are also often used.
  • Medications that suppress the immune response, such as prednisone, may improve symptoms in some cases.
  • Allergic aspergillosis is treated with steroids such as prednisone.
  • Corticosteroids such as prednisone are prescribed to reduce inflammation.
British Dictionary definitions for prednisone


a steroid drug derived from cortisone and having the same uses
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from pre(gnant) + -d(ie)n(e) + (cort)isone
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Word Origin and History for prednisone

1955, probably from elements of pregnadiene (from pregnane, name of the compound from which pregnancy hormones were derived, from the Latin stem of pregnancy) + ending from cortisone.

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prednisone in Medicine

prednisone pred·ni·sone (prěd'nĭ-sōn',-zōn')
A synthetic steroid similar to cortisone that is used as an antiallergic, immunosuppressive, and anticancer drug and as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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