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  1. situated above or on the kidney.
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  1. a suprarenal part, especially the adrenal gland.
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Origin of suprarenal

From the New Latin word suprārēnālis, dating back to 1820–30. See supra-, renal
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Historical Examples of suprarenal

  • As shewn in the sequel both of these structures probably unite in the higher types to form the suprarenal bodies.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • Hypodermic injections of 1/50 grain of atropine, suprarenal or pituitary extracts, may be found useful.

  • The suprarenal capsules are little bodies of half-moon shape which lie above the kidneys.

  • The suprarenal capsules are two little bodies, one perched on the top of each kidney, in shape not unlike that of a conical hat.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • Tuberculosis of the suprarenal capsules is of very rare occurrence.

British Dictionary definitions for suprarenal


  1. anatomy situated above a kidney
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Word Origin for suprarenal

C19: from New Latin suprārēnālis. See supra-, renal
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suprarenal in Medicine


  1. Located on or above the kidney.
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  1. A suprarenal part, especially an adrenal gland.
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