ad·​re·​nal | \ ə-ˈdrē-nᵊl How to pronounce adrenal (audio) \

Definition of adrenal

 (Entry 1 of 2)



Definition of adrenal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or derived from the adrenal glands or their secretions adrenal steroids

Examples of adrenal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This type of treatment is being used to fight a number of cancers of the blood and solid organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and uterus. Julie Washington, cleveland, 30 Jan. 2020 Too much frat-boy bonhomie sets off my alarms, squeezes the adrenals. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2019 In addition, forearm stand also increases the blood flow to your head and detoxifies the adrenals, which is also said to aid in decreasing anxiety. Quentin Vennie,, 5 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are a few sobering examples, like a screening test for babies once widely used in Japan for neuroblastoma, a cancer of the adrenal glands, that found harmless tumors but missed the deadly ones. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 10 June 2022 It’s known to sometimes be caused by genetic syndromes, a family history of the disease, central nervous system problems, and tumors or growths on the ovaries, adrenal glands, pituitary gland or brain. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 These cells give rise to different traits, such as skin and fur pigment, jaws, ears, and the adrenal glands, which are the center of the flight-or-fight response, per a 2014 statement about the original study. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2022 One of the secrets of slapstick, for instance, is that a pratfall is rarely painless: its effects on the body are merely delayed by the adrenal excitement of live performance. Ed Halter, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2022 Through his research, Lindsay eventually discovered that an abnormal growth in his adrenal glands was creating an overproduction of the energy-regulating hormone adrenaline in his body. Johnny Dodd,, 28 Dec. 2021 Citrus Fruits: The adrenal glands use vitamin C to release cortisol, so our bodies need more vitamin C in times of stress. Wellory, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Denica has Addison’s Disease, a rare and serious disorder of the adrenal glands. Meghan Mccormick, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 His adrenal glands, where cortisol is made, weren’t working at all, just like his thyroid gland. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adrenal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of adrenal


1863, in the meaning defined above


1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adrenal


derivative of adrenal entry 2


ad- + (supra)renal entry 1 (describing the location of the gland)

Learn More About adrenal

Time Traveler for adrenal

Time Traveler

The first known use of adrenal was in 1863

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near adrenal



adrenal corticotrophic hormone

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for adrenal

Cite this Entry

“Adrenal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for adrenal


ad·​re·​nal | \ ə-ˈdrēn-ᵊl How to pronounce adrenal (audio) \

Medical Definition of adrenal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or derived from the adrenal glands or their secretion

Other Words from adrenal

adrenally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce adrenal (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of adrenal (Entry 2 of 2)

More from Merriam-Webster on adrenal

Nglish: Translation of adrenal for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!