Deoxycorticosterone


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deoxycorticosterone

[dē¦äk·sē‚kȯrd·ə′kä·stə‚rōn]
(biochemistry)
C21H30O3 A steroid hormone secreted in small amounts by the adrenal cortex.

Deoxycorticosterone

 

(also cortexone), an intermediate product in the biosynthesis of hormones of the adrenal cortex. Formed primarily from progesterone, it is a mineralocorticoid, that is, an active regulator of mineral metabolism, and in this connection the most stable preparation of deoxycorticosterone is deoxycorticosterone acetate, which is used in medicine.

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