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prednisone(prĕd`nĭsōn): see corticosteroid drugcorticosteroid drug
, any one of several synthetic or naturally occurring substances with the general chemical structure of steroids. They are used therapeutically to mimic or augment the effects of the naturally occurring corticosteroids, which are produced in the cortex of the
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C21H26O5 An adrenocortical steroid drug, obtained in crystalline form, that is an analog of cortisone.
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