Definition of hydrocortisone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)ˈkɔːtɪzəʊn/


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex and used medicinally to treat inflammation resulting from eczema and rheumatism.
Example sentences
  • These drugs mimic the effects of the hormones cortisone and hydrocortisone, which are naturally produced by your adrenal glands.
  • Regulation of the hormone hydrocortisone means that the ginseng helps control metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium, protein, fluids and inflammation.
  • In fact, in the 1940s, up until the introduction of steroids such as hydrocortisone, fatty acids were the primary treatment for eczema.
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