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Definition of Cortisol

Cortisol: A metabolite of the primary stress hormone cortisone. Cortisol is an essential factor in the proper metabolism of starches, and it is the major natural glucocorticoid (GC) in humans.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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