glucocorticoid

[gloo-koh-kawr-ti-koid]
noun Biochemistry.
any of a class of steroid hormones that are synthesized by the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and have anti-inflammatory activity.

Origin:
1945–50; gluco- + cortico- + -oid; cf. corticosteroid

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glucocorticoid (ˌɡluːkəʊˈkɔːtɪˌkɔɪd)
 
n
any of a class of corticosteroids that control carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism and have anti-inflammatory activity

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