Meaning of hydrocortisone

hy•dro•cor•ti•sone

Pronunciation: (hī"dru-kôr'tu-zōn", -sōn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a steroid hormone, CHO, of the adrenal cortex, active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
  2. Also calleda powerful anti-inflammatory drug, CHO, used in the treatment of shock, allergies, certain forms of arthritis, and other conditions.
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