dexamethasone

Definition / meaning of dexamethasone

A synthetic adrenal corticosteroid with potent anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to binding to specific nuclear steroid receptors, dexamethasone also interferes with NF-kB activation and apoptotic pathways. This agent lacks the salt-retaining properties of other related adrenal hormones.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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