cor·​ti·​sone | \ ˈkȯr-tə-ˌsōn How to pronounce cortisone (audio) , -ˌzōn \

Definition of cortisone

: a glucocorticoid C21H28O5 of the adrenal cortex used in synthetic form especially as an anti-inflammatory agent (as for rheumatoid arthritis)

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Recent Examples on the Web While trying to find a way to possibly give him a cortisone shot, the school did an EKG following his physical. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Two broken feet and one burned heart: How SMU RB Tyler Lavine showed up out of nowhere to find a role with Mustangs," 18 Nov. 2020 The drug is similar to other steroids, like prednisone and cortisone, Robert Weber, PharmD, pharmacy administrator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, previously told Health. Amber Brenza,, "Donald Trump's COVID-19 Treatment Plan: What to Know About The President's Medications," 5 Oct. 2020 In the kidneys, glycyrrhetinic acid derivatives hamper a critical enzyme called 11β‐hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2, or 11βHSD2, which converts the steroid hormone cortisol to cortisone. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts," 25 Sep. 2020 The Padres hope Mike Clevinger will be able to pitch in the playoffs next week after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Cardinals-Brewers live stream (9/26): How to watch MLB online, TV, time," 26 Sep. 2020 Puk was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation in July after seeing orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and received injections of platelet-rich plasma and cortisone. Matt Kawahara,, "A’s shut down A.J. Puk again with shoulder issue," 7 Sep. 2020 The prized prospect received both cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections. Michael Wagaman, Star Tribune, "A's top Rangers 6-4, win 5th straight behind Olson's 2 HRs," 5 Aug. 2020 See your doctor to have him or her inject the pimple with cortisone, a steroid that reduces inflammation under the skin and shrinks swelling around the infection. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Dermatologist Weighs In On How To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 30 July 2020 You might be prescribed a topical cortisone or an anti-inflammatory cream to bring down the redness and inflammation. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of Redness on Your Face and What's Causing It," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of cortisone

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cortisone

alteration of corticosterone

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The first known use of cortisone was in 1949

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1 Dec 2020

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“Cortisone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cortisone

medical : a hormone that is used to treat arthritis and other diseases


cor·​ti·​sone | \ -ˌsōn, -ˌzōn How to pronounce cortisone (audio) \

Medical Definition of cortisone

: a glucocorticoid C21H28O5 that is produced naturally in small amounts by the adrenal cortex and is administered in the form of its synthetic acetate C23H30O6 especially as replacement therapy for deficient adrenocortical secretion and as an anti-inflammatory agent (as for rheumatoid arthritis) — compare 11-dehydrocorticosterone

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