adrenal gland

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adrenal gland
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adrenal gland

n.
Either of two small, dissimilarly shaped endocrine glands, one located above each kidney, consisting of the cortex, which secretes several steroid hormones, and the medulla, which secretes epinephrine. Also called suprarenal gland.

adrenal gland

n
(Anatomy) an endocrine gland at the anterior end of each kidney. Its medulla secretes adrenaline and noradrenaline and its cortex secretes several steroid hormones. Also called: suprarenal gland

adre′nal gland`


n.
one of a pair of ductless glands, located above the kidneys, consisting of a cortex, which produces steroidal hormones, and a medulla, which produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.
[1870–75]
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adrenal gland
top: cross section of an adrenal gland
bottom: position of adrenal glands relative to kidneys

ad·re·nal gland

(ə-drē′nəl)
Either of two endocrine glands, one located above each kidney, that produce several important hormones. ♦ The outer part of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal cortex, produces steroid hormones. ♦ The inner part of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla, produces epinephrine.
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Noun1.adrenal gland - either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidneyadrenal gland - either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
kidney - either of two bean-shaped excretory organs that filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them and water in urine; "urine passes out of the kidney through ureters to the bladder"
adrenal cortex - the cortex of the adrenal gland; secretes corticosterone and sex hormones
adrenal medulla - the medulla of the adrenal gland; secretes epinephrine
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