Cortisol. Definition

Medical Definition: Cortisol

Hormone produced by the adrenal cortex (the outer layer of the adrenal gland). It helps the body use glucose (a sugar), protein and fats. Cortisol is produced in the laboratory is called hydrocortisone. It is used to treat many conditions such as inflammation, allergies and certain cancers. Cortisol is a type of glucocorticoid hormone.

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