pred·​ni·​sone | \ ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn How to pronounce prednisone (audio) also -ˌzōn How to pronounce prednisone (audio) \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Medical experts say it can be easily resolved with antihistamines or prednisone, a type of oral steroid. Sarah Midkiff,, "Should You Really Worry About Cosmetic Filler & The COVID-19 Vaccine?," 7 Jan. 2021 Oral antihistamines or prescription corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can also be used to control the condition. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Scalp Care," 17 Dec. 2020 The rheumatologist prescribed a hefty dose of prednisone and another anti-inflammatory drug, colchicine, which is used to treat gout as well as pseudogout. New York Times, "Her Wrist Was Swollen and Excruciatingly Painful. Steroids Didn’t Help Much.," 16 Dec. 2020 Some of the pills, like prednisone, were bitter and hard to swallow, so the pills were accompanied by a tall glass of orange juice. Jessica Stuart, STAT, "I was a ‘nonadherent’ patient. That’s made me a more empathetic doctor," 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 The drug is similar to other steroids, like prednisone and cortisone, Robert Weber, PharmD, pharmacy administrator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, previously told Health. Amber Brenza,, "Donald Trump's COVID-19 Treatment Plan: What to Know About The President's Medications," 5 Oct. 2020 Doctors prescribed a regimen of prednisone and Zithromax. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Richmond hospital battles COVID-19 to save “sickest of the sick”," 21 Aug. 2020 The oral prednisone her doctor prescribed took the edge off. Ginny Graves,, "COVID-19’s Effects Reach Beyond the Virus. Here Are Other Ways It’s Impacting Our Health," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of prednisone

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prednisone

probably from pregnane (C21H36) + diene (compound containing two double bonds) + cortisone

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The first known use of prednisone was in 1955

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19 Jan 2021

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“Prednisone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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pred·​ni·​sone | \ ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn also -ˌzōn \

Medical 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

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