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prednisone

[pred-nuh-sohn, -zohn] /ˈprɛd nəˌsoʊn, -ˌzoʊn/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
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 of prednisone
1950-1955
1950-55; pre(gna)d(ie)n(e), a component of its chemical name + (cort)isone
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prednisone

/ˈprɛdnɪˌsəʊn/
noun
1.
a steroid drug derived from cortisone and having the same uses
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from pre(gnant) + -d(ie)n(e) + (cort)isone
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Word Origin and History for prednisone
n.

1955, probably from elements of pregnadiene (from pregnane, name of the compound from which pregnancy hormones were derived, from the Latin stem of pregnancy) + ending from cortisone.

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prednisone in Medicine

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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