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corticosteroid

Syllabification: cor·ti·co·ster·oid
Pronunciation: /ˌkôrtikōˈsterˌoid, -ˈsti(ə)rˌoid
 
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Definition of corticosteroid in English:

noun

Biochemistry
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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