Definition of dexamethasone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɛksəˈmɛθəsəʊn/
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛksəˈmɛθəzəʊn/


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic drug of the corticosteroid type, used especially as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Example sentences
  • The recommended steroid drugs are called dexamethasone and betamethasone.
  • Steroids, such as dexamethasone, are often given to reduce the swelling caused by brain tumours.
  • To maximize its anti-inflammatory effect, dexamethasone should be given before, or no more than shortly after, the first antibiotic dose.


1950s: from dexa- (blend of deca- and hexa-) + meth(yl) + -a- + (cortis)one.

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