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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A synthetic glucocorticoid used primarily in the treatment of inflammatory disorders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A synthetic member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid hormones, having the chemical formula C22H29FO5, or a derivative thereof

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a corticosteroid drug used to treat allergies or inflammation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a corticosteroid drug (trade names Decadron or Dexamethasone Intensol or Dexone or Hexadrol or Oradexon) used to treat allergies or inflammation

Etymologies

dexa- (blend of deca- and hexa-) + meth(yl) + probably alteration of (corti)sone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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