Definition of Corticosteroid

1. Noun. A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex or synthesized; administered as drugs they reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response. "Adrenal cortical steroids are used to treat many different conditions"

Definition of Corticosteroid

1. Noun. (steroid hormone) Any of a group of steroid hormones, secreted by the adrenal cortex, that are involved in a large range of physiological systems. ¹

2. Noun. (context: steroid pharmacology) Any of several synthetic hormones of related structure. ¹

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Definition of Corticosteroid

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Medical Definition of Corticosteroid

1. Any of the steroids elaborated by the adrenal cortex (excluding the sex hormones of adrenal origin) in response to the release of adrenocorticotrophin or adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) by the pituitary gland, to any of the synthetic equivalents of these steroids or to angiotensin II. They are divided, according to their predominant biological activity, into three major groups: glucocorticoids (e.g. Cortisol, cortisone), chiefly influencing carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, mineralocorticoids (for example aldosterone), affecting the regulation of electrolyte and water balance and C19 androgens. Some corticosteroids exhibit both types of activity in varying degrees and others exert only one type of effect. The corticosteroids are used clinically for hormonal replacement therapy, for suppression of ACTH secretion by the anterior pituitary, as antineoplastic, antiallergic and anti-inflammatory agents and to suppress the immune response. Synonym: adrenocortical hormone, corticoid. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Corticosteroid

corticonuclear fibre
corticopontine fibre
corticopontine tract
corticoreticular fibre
corticorubral fibre
corticospinal fibres
corticospinal tract
corticosteroid-binding globulin
corticosteroid-binding protein
corticosteroid-induced acne
corticosteroid-induced glaucoma
corticosteroid-induced striae
corticosteroid cream
corticosteroid side-chain-isomerase
corticosterone 15alpha-hydroxylase

Literary usage of Corticosteroid

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1. Stress, Gender, and Alcohol-Seeking Behavior edited by Walter A. Hunt, Sam Zakhari (1996)
"Synthesis alcohol effects on adrenocortical activity, and secretion of corticosterone (CORT), corticosteroid effects on alcohol with- the most abundant ..."

2. Getting Fit Your Way: A Self-paced Fitness Guide (1993)
"corticosteroid creams or ointments are also available to treat skin rashes caused by ... Prednisone is a corticosteroid that is often used to treat lupus. ..."

3. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"The effects of a psychological Stressor and nicotine upon corticosteroid ... These findings underscore the usefulness of the corticosteroid response as a ..."

4. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"They may also modulate or • Oral corticosteroid therapy. ... —Long-term oral corticosteroid therapy is limited by the risk of significant adverse effects ..."

5. Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States: Annotated for Statistical ...edited by Stephen Koplan, Deanna Tanner Okun edited by Stephen Koplan, Deanna Tanner Okun (2006)
"(A) A change to hormone derivatives of corticosteroid hormones of subheading 3004.32 from corticosteroid hormones or structural analogues of corticosteroid ..."

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