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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi'per-kor'ti-koyd-izm


Excessive secretion of one or more steroid hormones of the adrenal cortex; sometimes used also to designate the state produced by therapeutic administration of large quantities of steroids having glucocorticoid activity, hydrocortisone.

Synonym(s): adrenalism, hyperadrenalcorticalism, hyperadrenocorticalism

See Also: Cushing syndrome

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