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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Your only options are to either wait around for a month (or three) until the zit slowly fades, or to get a pricey cortisone injection from a dermatologist, which flattens the bump within 48 hours. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Does Sulfur Cream Treat Cystic Acne? Reddit Says Hell Yes," 22 Aug. 2018 Gardenhire cited Candelario’s .375 on-base percentage against lefties, along with Martin’s health — the center fielder received a cortisone shot to drain fluid in his right leg on Thursday. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers activate Miguel Cabrera from 10-day disabled list," 1 June 2018 Natale said the owner responded, handing her burn spray and cortisone cream. Fox News, "New York woman claims laser treatment left her with blistering burns," 24 Sep. 2018 Orioles reliever Darren O'Day is tentatively set for a cortisone shot in his right elbow Friday in a move the team hopes will speed up what Showalter has called a slow recovery process from a hyperextension suffered earlier this month. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles notes: Preparations underway for three reliever starts by Rays; updates on O'Day, Trumbo," 24 May 2018 In particularly dire cases, Wysocki suggests a cortisone shot which can loosen things up a bit, but that will require a doctor visit. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Tech neck, texting thumb: top bad tech habits and how to fix them," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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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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