prednisone

[pred-nuh-sohn, -zohn]
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:
1950–55; pre(gna)d(ie)n(e), a component of its chemical name + (cort)isone

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prednisone (ˈprɛdnɪˌsəʊn)
 
n
a steroid drug derived from cortisone and having the same uses
 
[C20: perhaps from pre(gnant) + -d(ie)n(e) + (cort)isone]

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prednisone pred·ni·sone (prěd'nĭ-sōn',-zōn')
n.
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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