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dexamethasone

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noun dexa·meth·a·sone \ˌdek-sə-ˈme-thə-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn\

Definition of dexamethasone

  1. :  a synthetic glucocorticoid C22H29FO5 used especially as an anti-inflammatory agent



Origin of dexamethasone

dexa- (blend of deca- and hexa-) + methyl + -a- (perhaps from pregnane, a parent compound of corticoid hormones) + -sone (as in cortisone)


First Known Use: 1958


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dexamethasone

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noun dexa·meth·a·sone \ˌdek-sə-ˈmeth-ə-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn\

Medical Definition of dexamethasone

  1. :  a synthetic glucocorticoid C22H29FO5 also used in the form of its acetate C24H31FO6 or sodium phosphate C22H28FNa2O8P especially as an anti-inflammatory and antiallergic agent—see decadron




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