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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On Keeping Up with the Kardashians, her treatments have ranged from medical-grade cortisone injections and bottling up Costa Rican spring water to stealing her sister Kourtney's breast milk and splashing it onto her legs. Rachel Lubitz,, "We Spoke To Kim Kardashian's "Medical Medium" About Her Psoriasis Struggle," 15 June 2019 Paxton has not pitched since May 3 because of left knee inflammation that required a cortisone injection the following day. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Didi Gregorius projected to return to Yankees next month," 18 May 2019 There are also surgical treatments for osteoarthritis if necessary, like injecting your joint with cortisone to help with pain. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What It Means If Your Knee Just Won’t Stop Popping," 23 Sep. 2018 The mural also pays homage to Julian’s love of tulips and his work with soybeans in the production of cortisone. Caitlin Mullen,, "'You are putting your mark on it': Students creating mural at Julian Middle School in Oak Park," 25 June 2018 Otherwise, Zeichner suggests visiting your dermatologist for a shot of cortisone, which will reduce inflammation and shrink it in just 24 to 48 hours. Deanna Pai, Allure, "How to Identify and Find the Best Treatment for Every Kind of Acne," 18 Apr. 2018 His main outings are trips to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City for cortisone shots in his sore shoulders and checkups for emphysema and diabetes. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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