Corticosteroid. Definition

Medical Definition: Corticosteroid

Any steroid hormone produced in the adrenal cortex (the outside of the adrenal gland). Are also manufactured in the laboratory. Corticosteroids have many different effects on the body and are used to treat many different conditions. Can be used as hormone replacement, to suppress the immune system and to treat some side effects of cancer and its treatment. In addition, corticosteroids are used to treat certain lymphomas and lymphoid leukemias.

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