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The outer portion of the adrenal glands that produces several steroid hormones, including cortisol and aldosterone.
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|Noun||1.||adrenal cortex - the cortex of the adrenal gland; secretes corticosterone and sex hormones|
ductless gland, endocrine gland, endocrine - any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
adrenal, adrenal gland, suprarenal gland - either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney
cortex - the tissue forming the outer layer of an organ or structure in plant or animal