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metyrapone

Pronunciation: me-tir'a-pon

Definition: An inhibitor of adrenocortical steroid C-11 ß-hydroxylation, administered orally or intravenously to determine the ability of the pituitary gland to increase its secretion of corticotropin; because 11-deoxycorticosteroids, as a consequence of metyrapone administration, only weakly inhibit pituitary corticotropin secretion, the normal pituitary gland will appreciably increase its output of this hormone.

Synonym(s): mepyrapone

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