Cortisol meaning

kôrtĭ-sôl, -zôl, -sōl, -zōl
A steroid hormone, C21 H30 O5 , produced by the adrenal cortex, that regulates carbohydrate metabolism, maintains blood pressure, and is released in response to stress; hydrocortisone.
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The principal steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It regulates carbohydrate metabolism and the immune system and maintains blood pressure. When natural or synthetic cortisol is used as a pharmaceutical, it is known as hydrocortisone.
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(biochemistry, steroids) The steroid hormone hydrocortisone.
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Origin of cortisol

  • cortis(one) –ol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition