Definition of corticosteroid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkôrdəkōˈsteroid/
Pronunciation: /ˌkôrdəkōˈstiroid/


Any of a group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically. There are two kinds: glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. They have various metabolic functions and some are used to treat inflammation.
Example sentences
  • You may need to use a topical corticosteroid to treat inflamed areas.
  • When a woman goes into preterm labor, she usually is given a type of steroid drug called a corticosteroid.
  • Researchers don't fully understand how corticosteroids suppress inflammation.

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Syllabification: cor·ti·co·ster·oid

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