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 (ā′drē-ən), Edgar Douglas First Baron Adrian. 1889-1977.
British physiologist who shared a 1932 Nobel Prize for advances in the understanding of the nervous system, especially the transmission of electrical impulses from the sense organs.
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(Biography) Edgar Douglas, Baron Adrian. 1889–1977, English physiologist, noted particularly for his research into the function of neurons: shared with Sherrington the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine 1932
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(ˈeɪ dri ən)

1. Edgar Douglas, 1889–1977, English physiologist.
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Noun1.Adrian - Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of TrajanAdrian - Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)
2.Adrian - English physiologist who conducted research into the function of neuronsAdrian - English physiologist who conducted research into the function of neurons; 1st baron of Cambridge (1889-1997)
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