glucocorticoid

noun glu·co·cor·ti·coid \ ˌglü-kō-ˈkȯr-ti-ˌkȯid \

Definition of glucocorticoid

: any of a group of corticosteroids (such as cortisol) that are involved especially in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, that are anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive, and that are used widely in medicine (as to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis) — compare mineralocorticoid

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First Known Use of glucocorticoid

1950


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glucocorticoid

noun glu·co·cor·ti·coid \ -ˈkȯrt-i-ˌkȯid \

medical Definition of glucocorticoid

: any of a group of corticosteroids (as cortisol or dexamethasone) that are involved especially in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, that tend to increase liver glycogen and blood sugar by increasing gluconeogenesis, that are anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive, and that are used widely in medicine (as in the alleviation of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis) — compare mineralocorticoid

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