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Pronunciation: glu'ko-kor'ti-koyd


  1. Any steroidlike compound capable of significantly influencing intermediary metabolism such as promotion of hepatic glycogen deposition, and of exerting a clinically useful antiinflammatory effect. Cortisol (hydrocortisone) is the most potent of the naturally occurring glucocorticoids; most semisynthetic glucocorticoids are cortisol derivatives.
  2. Denoting this type of biologic activity.

Synonym(s): corticoid

Synonym(s): glycocorticoid

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