noun[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic drug similar to cortisone, used to relieve rheumatic and allergic conditions and to treat leukaemia.
- One major reason for that is that arthritis is commonly treated with steroid drugs like prednisone.
- Severe pain responds to the powerful corticosteroid drug prednisone, often within 24 to 48 hours.
- We decided to treat this patient with oral prednisone and strongly suggested that the pet bird be removed, and it was.
1950s: perhaps from pre(gnane) (a synthetic hydrocarbon) + d(ie)n(e) + (cort)isone.
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