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hydrocortisone

[hahy-druh-kawr-tuh-zohn, -sohn] /ˌhaɪ drəˈkɔr təˌzoʊn, -ˌsoʊn/
noun
1.
Biochemistry. a steroid hormone, C 21 H 30 O 5 , of the adrenal cortex, active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
2.
Pharmacology. Also called cortisol. a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, C 21 H 30 O 5 , used in the treatment of shock, allergies, certain forms of arthritis, and other conditions.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; hydro-2 + cortisone
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hydrocortisone

/ˌhaɪdrəʊˈkɔːtɪˌzəʊn/
noun
1.
the principal glucocorticoid secreted by the adrenal cortex; 17-hydroxycorticosterone. The synthesized form is used mainly in treating rheumatic, allergic, and inflammatory disorders. Formula: C21H30O5 Also called cortisol
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hydro cortisone in Medicine

hydrocortisone hy·dro·cor·ti·sone (hī'drə-kôr'tĭ-sōn', -zōn')
n.

  1. A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure. Also called cortisol.

  2. 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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hydro cortisone in Science
hydrocortisone
  (hī'drə-kôr'tĭ-sōn', -zōn')   
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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