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[gloo-koh-kawr-ti-koid] /ˌglu koʊˈkɔr tɪˌkɔɪd/
noun, Biochemistry
any of a class of steroid hormones that are synthesized by the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and have anti-inflammatory activity.
Origin of glucocorticoid
1945-50; gluco- + cortico- + -oid; cf. corticosteroid Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glucocorticoid
  • glucocorticoid is a hormone produced in response to stress and its job is to make the animal behave appropriately.
  • Similarly, mice lacking a receptor in the brain for glucocorticoid stress hormones are much less anxious than control mice.
  • glucocorticoid replacement treatment is usually needed until the other adrenal gland recovers from surgery.
  • And mice that lack the glucocorticoid receptor altogether behave in ways that are similar to depressed humans.
British Dictionary definitions for glucocorticoid


any of a class of corticosteroids that control carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism and have anti-inflammatory activity
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glucocorticoid in Medicine

glucocorticoid glu·co·cor·ti·coid (glōō'kō-kôr'tĭ-koid')
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.

glu'co·cor'ti·coid' adj.
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