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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]


(ˌkɔr tɪˈkɒs təˌroʊn, -koʊ stəˈroʊn)

a corticosteroid that is involved in water and electrolyte balance.
[1935–40; cortico- + ster (ol) + -one]
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Noun1.corticosterone - secreted by the adrenal cortex; involved in regulating water and electrolyte balance in the body
glucocorticoid - a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal cortex of animals; affects functioning of gonads and has anti-inflammatory activity
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Disrupting nerve fibers to the adrenal glands by high-level, but not low-level, thoracic spinal-cord transection resulted in almost complete suppression of circulating norepinephrine levels and profound stimulation of systemic corticosterone levels.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of stress (as measured by total heterophil + eosinophil counts [THECs] and plasma corticosterone [PC] levels) on plasma protein electrophoresis (PPE) in 2 Anseriform species.
The effect of chronic food and water restriction on open-field behaviour and serum corticosterone levels in rats.
These hormones, such as cortisol and corticosterone, are regulated by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mobilize energy in an organism during stressful events (Wingfield and Romero, 2001).
In patients with this disorder, the steroid precursors are converted to progesterone and then to products with mineralocorticoid activity such as 11-deoxycorticosterone and corticosterone.
Mineralocorticoid receptors are indispensable for nongenomic modulation of hippocampal glutamate transmission by corticosterone.
Furthermore, excess stress hormones such as corticosterone have been reported to be associated with the development of T2DM in human subjects and rodent models (Beaudry and Riddell 2012; Geer et al.
The CYP11B1 and CYP11B2 genes are closely related due to their relevance in the synthesis of corticosterone and aldosterone, respectively.
Given their known diurnal rhythms, expected significant differences between groups were found for Cortisol, the cortisolxortisone ratio, corticosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, and androstenedione.

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