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aldosterone
medical dictionary

<endocrinology, hormone> A steroid-based hormone that is produced by the adrenal cortex. It controls salt and water balance in the kidney but mediating a receptor in the distal tubule that exchanges sodium or potassium for hydrogen ions.

Abnormally high levels of this hormone cause sodium retention, high blood pressure, heart rhythum irregularities and possibly paralysis

(18 Nov 1997)