Dexamethasone meaning

dĕksə-mĕthə-sōn, -zōn
A synthetic glucocorticoid used to treat inflammatory disorders.
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A synthetic glucocorticoid, C22 H29 FO5 , used in the treatment of insufficient adrenocortical function, a variety of inflammatory disorders such as arthritis and ulcerative colitis, and certain types of cancer.
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(biochemistry) A synthetic member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid hormones, having the chemical formula C22H29FO5, or a derivative thereof.

Many dexamethasones act as anti-inflammatory agents.

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Origin of dexamethasone

  • dexa- (blend of deca–) (hexa–) meth(yl) probably alteration of (cort)isone

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