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glucocorticoid

noun glu·co·cor·ti·coid \-ˈkrt-i-ˌkid\

Medical Definition of GLUCOCORTICOID

:  any of a group of corticosteroids (as cortisol or dexamethasone) that are involved especially in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, that tend to increase liver glycogen and blood sugar by increasing gluconeogenesis, that are anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive, and that are used widely in medicine (as in the alleviation of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis)—compare mineralocorticoid

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