Pronunciation: (dē-ok"si-kôr"ti-kos'tu-rōn", -kō"stu-rōn'), [key]
1. Biochem.a steroid hormone, C21H30O3, secreted by the adrenal cortex, related to corticosterone and involved in regulating the water and electrolyte balance.
2. Pharm.a preparation of deoxycorticosterone used to treat symptoms of adrenal insufficiency.
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