Definition of prednisolone in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic steroid with similar properties and uses to those of prednisone, of which it is a reduced derivative.

    • ‘It is thought that prednisolone acts by reducing swelling of the facial nerve.’
    • ‘Before becoming pregnant, she was advised to slowly come off some of her drugs, but to continue to take prednisolone, a steroid.’
    • ‘Severe attacks of asthma are sometimes treated with a course of steroid tablets, such as prednisolone.’
    • ‘Her dose of prednisolone was then gradually reduced.’
    • ‘One of our technicians complained of a persistent cough uncontrollable by antibiotics and prednisolone.’


1950s: from prednisone, with the insertion of -ol.