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.
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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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