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  1. Edgar Douglas,1889–1977, English physiologist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1932.
  2. (Gilbert),1903–59, U.S. fashion and costume designer.
  3. Hadrian.
  4. a city in SE Michigan.
  5. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “from Hadria,” an ancient city in northern Italy.

Adrian I

or Hadrian I

  1. died a.d. 795, pope 772–795.

Adrian II

or Hadrian II

  1. Italian ecclesiastic: pope a.d. 867–872.

Adrian III

or Hadrian III

  1. Saint, Italian ecclesiastic: pope a.d. 884–885.

Adrian IV

or Hadrian IV

  1. Nicholas Breakspear, c1100–59, only Englishman to become pope, 1154–59.

Adrian V

or Hadrian V

  1. died 1276, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1276.

Adrian VI

or Hadrian VI

  1. 1459–1523, Dutch ecclesiastic: pope 1522–23.
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  • To discover the artist and Enid's address was for Adrian the work of a few minutes.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Here the clerk Adrian presently found him, and murmured some apology.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • Was Adrian thinking of his kind master, or of his master's daughter?

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • Adrian tried this cautiously, with little hope of being heard.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • I hastened with my papers to Lieutenant Adrian, who glanced over them contemptuously.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for adrian


  1. 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

Adrian IV

  1. original name Nicholas Breakspear. ?1100–59, the only English pope (1154–59)
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Word Origin and History for adrian


masc. proper name, from Latin Adrianus/Hadrianus, literally "of the Adriatic" (see Adriatic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

adrian in Medicine


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  1. British physiologist. He shared a 1932 Nobel Prize for major advances in the understanding of the nervous and muscular systems and was one of the first to study electrical activity in the brain and nervous system.
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