Definition of corticosteroid in English:

corticosteroid

noun

Biochemistry
  • Any of a group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically. There are two kinds: glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. They have various metabolic functions and some are used to treat inflammation.

    • ‘When a woman goes into preterm labor, she usually is given a type of steroid drug called a corticosteroid.’
    • ‘The patient was treated with corticosteroids, which provided brief relief from her symptoms.’
    • ‘You may need to use a topical corticosteroid to treat inflamed areas.’
    • ‘Researchers don't fully understand how corticosteroids suppress inflammation.’
    • ‘To treat severe symptoms, corticosteroids are injected directly into the affected joint.’

Pronunciation:

corticosteroid

/ˌkɔːtɪkəʊˈstɪərɔɪd/