A hormone that predominantly affects the metabolism
of carbohydrates and, to a lesser extent, fats and
proteins (and has other effects). Glucocorticoids
are made in the outside portion (the cortex) of the
adrenal gland and chemically classed as steroids.
Cortisol is the major natural glucocorticoid. The
term glucocorticoid also applies to equivalent hormones
synthesized in the laboratory."" (1)