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.
Words nearby adrenal gland
Origin of adrenal gland
First recorded in 1870–75
Also called suprarenal gland.
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British Dictionary definitions for adrenal glands
an endocrine gland at the anterior end of each kidney. Its medulla secretes adrenaline and noradrenaline and its cortex secretes several steroid hormonesAlso called: suprarenal gland
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Medicine definitions for adrenal glands
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.epinephros paranephros suprarenal gland
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Science definitions for adrenal glands
[ ə-drē′nəl ]
Either of two small endocrine glands, one located above each kidney. The outer portion, or cortex, secretes steroid hormones (corticosteroids). The inner portion, or medulla, secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine.
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Culture definitions for adrenal glands
[ (uh-dreen-l) ]
Two small glands, one located near the upper part of each kidney, that function in the endocrine system. Part of each adrenal gland secretes adrenaline; another part secretes other important hormones.
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