adrenal gland

noun

Definition of adrenal gland

: either of a pair of complex endocrine organs near the anterior medial border of the kidney consisting of a mesodermal cortex that produces glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid, and androgenic hormones and an ectodermal medulla that produces epinephrine and norepinephrine

called also adrenal, suprarenal gland

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The report from the medical examiner in El Paso, Texas, says traces of streptococcus bacteria were found in Jakelin’s lungs, adrenal gland, liver, and spleen. Nomaan Merchant, The Seattle Times, "Autopsy: Migrant child who died in US custody had infection," 30 Mar. 2019 This leads your adrenal glands to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, according to the Mayo Clinic. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "10 Physical Symptoms of Anxiety, Because It’s Not All Mental," 6 Oct. 2018 Also, prolonged use of topical steroids like hydrocortisone has been shown to cause skin thinning, increased skin fragility, enlarged blood vessels, and can even result in problems with your adrenal gland (the natural steroid producer in the body). Shannon Romanowski, SELF, "Does Preparation H Actually Help Treat Puffy Eyes?," 28 Dec. 2018 The weight loss occurs due to a portion of your adrenal glands called your cortex, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 Jessica was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a cancer most commonly found in the adrenal glands that occurs in young children, just over a year ago. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED]: Jessica Whelan, Whose Photo Helped Spread Awareness for Childhood Cancer, Has Passed Away," 22 Nov. 2016 The team take specimens of brain, spinal cord, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, muscle, bone marrow, adrenal glands, thyroid, lymph nodes, genital-tract tissues, foreskin and intestine. The Economist, "HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project," 31 May 2018 Cortisol, a fight-or-flight hormone found in your adrenal glands, is often the culprit. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The Least Stressful Way to Get Rid of Stress," 16 May 2018 The tumor was acting like an extra adrenal gland, secreting hormones that prevented him from growing and caused him to sweat profusely, often until his clothes were drenched. Moises Velasquez-manoff, WIRED, "Ketamine Stirs Up Hope—and Controversy—as a Depression Drug," 8 May 2018

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adrenal gland

noun

Medical Definition of adrenal gland

: either of a pair of complex endocrine organs near the anterior medial border of the kidney consisting of a mesodermal cortex that produces glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid, and androgenic hormones and an ectodermal medulla that produces epinephrine and norepinephrine

called also adrenal, suprarenal gland

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