hy·​dro·​cor·​ti·​sone | \ ˌhī-drō-ˈkȯr-tə-ˌsōn How to pronounce hydrocortisone (audio) , -ˌzōn How to pronounce hydrocortisone (audio) \

Definition of hydrocortisone

: cortisol especially : cortisol used pharmaceutically

Examples of hydrocortisone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for a cream containing soothing colloidal oatmeal or a cream with the anti-itch ingredient hydrocortisone. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of ingrown hairs," 28 Feb. 2021 There's also a drugstore chapstick called Dr. Dan's CortiBalm that has hydrocortisone cream in it and helps so much. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves’s Super-Shiny Hair Secret Is an $18 Hair Mask," 18 Nov. 2020 Included are a variety of sizes of bandages (including waterproof band-aids), wound prep pads, medical tape, hydrocortisone and antibiotic packets, and Ibuprofen. Rachel King, Fortune, "Must-have gadgets and accessories for safer winter (and pandemic) travel," 6 Nov. 2020 The panel said that other corticosteroids — prednisone, methylprednisolone and hydrocortisone — may be used if dexamethasone is not available but that their effectiveness isn’t clear. Dallas News, "Here are the drugs being used to treat coronavirus patients," 13 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, my reaction cleared up after a week of extra-strength hydrocortisone cream (a topical steroid), which Dr. Nazarian recommends as an effective form of treatment. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "If Your Tattoo Breaks Out in a Rash, You Might Be Having an Allergic Reaction," 24 Sep. 2020 Similar results in dexamethasone and hydrocortisone indicate corticosteroids are helpful as a class of drugs. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Cheap, widely available steroids can save lives of patients with severe COVID-19, clinical trials show," 2 Sep. 2020 Other remedies listed by the University of Florida, included use of oral antihistamines, ice packs and hydrocortisone cream. Celeste Turner | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Cat-furred caterpillars may look warm and fuzzy, but don't dare touch them," 18 Sep. 2020 Just don't use it on the reg, because using too much hydrocortisone can thin the skin and lead to more acne breakouts. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Get Rid of Pimples Overnight, According to the Acne Experts," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of hydrocortisone

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrocortisone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocortisone. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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hy·​dro·​cor·​ti·​sone | \ -ˈkȯrt-ə-ˌsōn How to pronounce hydrocortisone (audio) , -ˌzōn How to pronounce hydrocortisone (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrocortisone

: cortisol especially : cortisol used pharmaceutically

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