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cortisone

noun cor·ti·sone \-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn\

medical : a hormone that is used to treat arthritis and other diseases

Full Definition of CORTISONE

:  a glucocorticoid C21H28O5 of the adrenal cortex used in synthetic form especially as an anti-inflammatory agent (as for rheumatoid arthritis)

Origin of CORTISONE

alteration of corticosterone
First Known Use: 1949
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cortisone

noun cor·ti·sone \-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn\

Medical Definition of CORTISONE

:  a glucocorticoid C21H28O5 that is produced naturally in small amounts by the adrenal cortex and is administered in the form of its synthetic acetate C23H30O6 especially as replacement therapy for deficient adrenocortical secretion and as an anti-inflammatory agent (as for rheumatoid arthritis)—compare

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