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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Glucocorticoide

Glucocorticoid (GLOO-koh-KOR-tih-koyd)
A compound that belongs to the family of compounds called corticosteroids (steroids). Glucocorticoids affect metabolism and have anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. They may be naturally produced (hormones) or synthetic (drugs).

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.