cor·​ti·​co·​ste·​rone ˌkȯr-tə-ˈkä-stə-ˌrōn How to pronounce corticosterone (audio)
: a colorless crystalline corticosteroid C21H30O4 that is important in protein and carbohydrate metabolism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Depression is linked with an increase in corticosterone levels. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022 Eating corticosterone with their birdseed affected different males differently. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2016 Their blood also contained around three times as much corticosterone, a hormone produced in stressful situations. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2011 For example, if one nestling is given corticosterone, did all its siblings’ babbling increase? Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Do some parrot siblings in the birth order benefit more than others from additional corticosterone? Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Stress in birds is physiologically mediated by corticosterone. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 In all of the animals involved in the experiment, the ratio of dehydroepiandrosterone to corticosterone increased with training. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 26 Oct. 2019 An alternative is to sample the animals’ blood and analyse it for stress hormones such as corticosterone. The Economist, 11 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corticosterone was in 1937

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“Corticosterone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

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

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