corticosterone

noun
cor·​ti·​co·​ste·​rone | \ˌkȯr-tə-ˈkä-stə-ˌrōn, -ti-kō-stə-ˈrōn;ˌkȯr-ti-kō-ˈstir-ˌōn, -ˈster-\

Definition of corticosterone 

: a colorless crystalline corticosteroid C21H30O4 that is important in protein and carbohydrate metabolism

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Baby rats that received more of this care had less of the stress hormone corticosterone. Judith Newman, New York Times, "Adversity Needn’t Thwart or Define You. Here’s How to Cope.," 6 July 2018 Before releasing them back into the wild, Douglas measured the birds' fitness through a stress response hormone called corticosterone—the bird equivalent of cortisol. Kevin Schafer, National Geographic, "These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne," 25 May 2018 The team found a linear relation between distance from the compressors and baseline corticosterone; birds nesting closest had lower stress hormone levels. Amy Mathews Amos, Scientific American, "Oil- and Gas-Drilling Noise Stresses Birds," 1 Apr. 2018 The researchers measured levels of the stress hormone corticosterone in adult females and nestlings of the three species at all the nest boxes over three years. Amy Mathews Amos, Scientific American, "Oil- and Gas-Drilling Noise Stresses Birds," 1 Apr. 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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corticosterone

noun
cor·​ti·​co·​ste·​rone | \ˌkȯrt-ə-ˈkäs-tə-ˌrōn, -i-kō-stə-ˈ; ˌkȯrt-i-kō-ˈsti(ə)r-ˌōn, -ˈste(ə)r- \

Medical Definition of corticosterone 

: a colorless crystalline corticosteroid C21H30O4 of the adrenal cortex that is important in protein and carbohydrate metabolism

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