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adrenal

[uh-dreen-l]
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adjective
  1. of or produced by the adrenal glands.
  2. situated near or on the kidneys; suprarenal.
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noun
  1. adrenal gland.
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Origin of adrenal

1870–75; ad- + Latin rēn- (stem of rēnēs kidneys) + -al1
Related formsad·re·nal·ly, adverb
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  • Adrenin is a substance secreted into the blood by the adrenal glands.

    The Analysis of Mind

    Bertrand Russell

  • It is valuable in this connection to compare the adrenal in scurvy with that of beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • This substance was recovered by them from the cortex of the adrenal gland.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • The adrenal secretion also protects them in some way against fatigue.

    Psychology

    Robert S. Woodworth

  • It is generally believed that the internal secretion of the thyroid and the adrenal are antagonistic.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield


British Dictionary definitions for adrenal

adrenal

adjective
  1. on or near the kidneys
  2. of or relating to the adrenal glands or their secretions
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noun
  1. an adrenal gland
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Word Origin

C19: from ad- (near) + renal
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Word Origin and History for adrenal

adj.

"of or near the kidneys," 1866, Modern Latin, from ad- + renalis "of the kidneys," from Latin renes "kidneys." Adrenal gland is from 1875.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

adrenal in Medicine

adrenal

(ə-drēnəl)
adj.
  1. At, near, or on the kidneys.
  2. Of or relating to the adrenal glands or their secretions.
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n.
  1. An adrenal gland or tissue.
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