cor·ti·sone | \ˈkȯr-tə-ˌsōn, -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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Days before Posey is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot in his right hip, Posey injected his own shot of life into the Giants dugout with a walkoff single off the right field wall to cap off a 5-4, 13-inning win over the Chicago Cubs. Kerry Crowley, sacbee, "Buster Posey has hip pain, but he has Giants feeling good in walkoff win over Cubs," 11 July 2018 Meister diagnosed Darvish with merely an impingement and inflammation before giving him a cortisone shot. Phil Rogers,, "Kris Bryant 'on target' to return to Cubs next week, but Joe Maddon says they won't push it," 30 June 2018 Renfroe, who only with the aid of a cortisone shot was able to play the final few games before going on the DL in mid-April, was batting .200/.281/.440 in 57 at-bats at that time. Kevin Acee,, "Padres' Renfroe again provides late lift in win over Marlins," 9 June 2018 Eickhoff received a cortisone shot last week that was intended to clear the inflammation in his wrist. Matt Breen,, "After vomit delay on mound, Phillies hold on to win," 17 June 2018 Renfroe incurred the injury doing extra hitting but played through extreme pain, even taking a cortisone injection before one game, for almost a week. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Christian Villanueva sidelined by sore hamstring," 24 Apr. 2018 Ellsbury had also injured a hip during his rehabilitation, and received a cortisone injection on April 10 . . ., "NFL prohibits certain helmets," 16 Apr. 2018 Extra bases Hedges is working without setback (and without a cortisone shot) so far toward resuming a rehab assignment. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Hand rides slider; Castillo up to Petco for first time again," 2 June 2018 First, treat the inflammation with either a cortisone gel or redness-reducing eye drops. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "The Best Glowy Skin Tips From Meghan Markle’s Makeup Artist," 21 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cortisone

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


cor·ti·sone | \-ˌsōn, -ˌzōn \

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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