Definition: A group of CORTICOSTEROIDS that affect carbohydrate metabolism (GLUCONEOGENESIS, liver glycogen deposition, elevation of BLOOD SUGAR), inhibit ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE secretion, and possess pronounced anti-inflammatory activity. They also play a role in fat and protein metabolism, maintenance of arterial blood pressure, alteration of the connective tissue response to injury, reduction in the number of circulating lymphocytes, and functioning of the central nervous system.
note entry term GLUCOCORTICOID EFFECT: use only for the glucocorticoid effect of a chemical substance
See AlsoReceptors, Glucocorticoid
Other names Effects, Glucorticoid; Effect, Glucocorticoid; Glucorticoid Effects; Glucocorticoid Effect