corticosterone

noun

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

Examples of corticosterone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main hormone involved in the stress response – cortisol in humans and corticosterone in rodents, both abbreviated to CORT – is primarily a metabolic hormone, meaning that increasing blood levels of these hormones during stressful conditions results in more energy mobilized from fat stores. Natalie C. Tronson, The Conversation, 24 June 2024 In one animal research, researchers discovered that kratom lowers corticosterone levels in mice. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corticosterone. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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

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