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A corticosteroid, C21H30O4, that is secreted into the bloodstream by the adrenal cortex in response to stress and stimulates many metabolic pathways, such as the production of glucose.
(Biochemistry) a glucocorticoid hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex. Formula: C21H30O4. See also corticosteroid
[C20: from cortico- + ster(ol) + -one]
cor•ti•cos•ter•one(ˌkɔr tɪˈkɒs təˌroʊn, -koʊ stəˈroʊn)
a corticosteroid that is involved in water and electrolyte balance.