hydrocortisone[-kôrt′ə sōn′, -zōn′]
the principal carbohydrate-regulating corticosteroid, CHO, in humans, with effects similar to cortisone
- A steroid hormone, C21H30O5, produced by the adrenal cortex, that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure. Also called cortisol.
- A preparation of this hormone obtained from natural sources or produced synthetically and used to treat inflammatory conditions and adrenal failure.