prednisone

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noun pred·ni·sone \ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn also -ˌzōn\

Definition of prednisone

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of prednisone

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


First Known Use: 1955


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prednisone

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noun pred·ni·sone \ˈpred-nə-ˌsōn also -ˌzōn\

Medical Definition of prednisone

  1. :  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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