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corticosteroid

[kawr-tuh-koh-ster-oid, -steer-] /ˌkɔr tə koʊˈstɛr ɔɪd, -ˈstɪər-/
noun, Biochemistry
1.
any of a class of steroids, as aldosterone, hydrocortisone, or cortisone, occurring in nature, especially as a product of the adrenal cortex, or synthesized.
Also called corticoid
[kawr-tuh-koid] /ˈkɔr təˌkɔɪd/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; cortico- + steroid
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British Dictionary definitions for corticoid

corticosteroid

/ˌkɔːtɪkəʊˈstɪərɔɪd/
noun
1.
any steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that affects carbohydrate, protein, and electrolyte metabolism, gonad function, and immune response
2.
any similar synthetic substance, used in treating inflammatory and allergic diseases
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Word Origin and History for corticoid

corticosteroid

n.

by 1945, from cortico-, word-forming element from comb. form of Latin cortex "bark of a tree" (see cortex), applied since c.1890 to various surface structures of plants, animals, or organs + steroid. So called because they are produced in the adrenal cortex. Related: Corticosterone.

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corticoid in Medicine

corticoid cor·ti·coid (kôr'tĭ-koid')
n.
A corticosteroid.

corticosteroid cor·ti·co·ste·roid (kôr'tĭ-kō-stēr'oid', -stěr'-)
n.
Any of the steroid hormones produced by the adrenal cortex or their synthetic equivalents.

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corticoid in Science
corticosteroid
  (kôr'tĭ-kō-stîr'oid', -stěr'-)   
Any of the steroid hormones, such as cortisol or aldosterone, produced by the cortex of the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids are also produced synthetically for medicinal purposes.
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Encyclopedia Article for corticoid

any of a group of more than 40 organic compounds belonging to the steroid family and present in the cortex of the adrenal glands. Of these substances, about six are hormones, secreted into the bloodstream and carried to other tissues, where they elicit physiological responses. (The other corticoids, inactive as hormones, appear to be intermediates in the biosynthesis of the hormones from cholesterol.) The hormones are categorized, according to their principal effects on the target organs, as either glucocorticoids or mineralocorticoids.

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