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noun Anatomy.

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.

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Also called suprarenal gland.

Origin of adrenal gland

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for adrenal gland

adrenal gland

noun

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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Medical definitions for adrenal gland

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.epinephros paranephros suprarenal gland
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Scientific definitions for adrenal gland

adrenal gland
[ ə-drēnəl ]

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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