Definition of prednisone
: a glucocorticoid C21H26O5 that is a dehydrogenated analog of cortisone and is used as an anti-inflammatory agent, as an antineoplastic agent, and as an immunosuppressant
Recent Examples of prednisone from the Web
There were also three prescription bottles for prednisone (anti-inflammatory), omeprazole (antacid) and lorazepam (anti-anxiety) in the hotel room.
More severe cases may require corticosteroids, such as prednisone.
However, some people need prescription topical steroids or oral medications such as prednisone.
Researchers randomly assigned 100 adults with itchy hives to have daily treatment with either an antihistamine (levocetirizine, brand name Xyzal) and prednisone, or the antihistamine and a sugar pill.
Two days later, 62 percent of the patients in the prednisone group reported that the itching had gone away, but so did 76 percent of those in the placebo group.
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Origin and Etymology of prednisone
probably from pregnane (C21H36) + diene (compound containing two double bonds) + cortisone
First Known Use: 1955See Words from the same year
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