adrenal gland

noun

: 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

Examples of adrenal gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That early treatment can include surgically removing the tumor or the entire affected adrenal gland, according to Brian Lane, MD, PhD, director of urologic oncology at Corewell Health. Korin Miller, Health, 15 Dec. 2023 Tumors most often develop in the cortex of the adrenal gland—the two main types are adenomas (benign or non-cancerous tumors) and carcinomas (malignant or cancerous tumors). Korin Miller, Health, 15 Dec. 2023 The cancer had already spread to her pelvis, brain, spine, sacrum and adrenal gland. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 My adrenal glands were pumping their juices with a frequency that felt like hell on earth. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 In males, estrogen is produced in the testes and, similar to women, in fat cells and adrenal glands. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 It has been shown to modulate hormone levels like cortisol (the stress hormone) and support adrenal gland function. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2023 Phosphatidylserine can help nourish the adrenal glands, which is the central producer of stress hormones like cortisol which may be elevated for some types of PCOS. Casey Seiden, Ms, Rdn, Cdn, Health, 22 Aug. 2023 It is said to promote adrenal gland health, regulating hormones for the people who drink it. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Adrenal gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adrenal%20gland. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

adrenal gland

noun
: either of a pair of endocrine glands that are located near the kidney and produce the hormone epinephrine

Medical Definition

adrenal gland

noun
: 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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