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

Examples of adrenal gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Up to 90 percent of these abnormal growths develop on the adrenal glands — a pair of small organs situated on top of the kidneys where hormones, like epinephrine and its counterpart, cortisol, are made. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "Why Did the Young Mother Have Searing Head Pain and a Racing Heart?," 30 Oct. 2019 Cal’s version of Addison’s is called Primary Addison’s because his adrenal glands do not produce any cortisol. Pomerado News, "Disease doesn’t stop determined fourth-grader," 9 Oct. 2019 Following their initial release of adrenaline, if danger continues to be perceived, the adrenal glands release cortisol into the bloodstream. Rod Mccullom, Quartz, "How bullying may shape adolescent brains," 7 Oct. 2019 Puskedra’s seven-month-old daughter, Penelope, was diagnosed with cancer of the adrenal glands and treated at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. oregonlive, "Running icon Alberto Salazar’s fall from grace stirs strong emotions across track and field," 5 Oct. 2019 However hydroquinone itself been linked to certain cancers, decreased immune response, abnormal function of the adrenal gland, and a skin condition known as ochronosis. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Among many other critical functions, this grouping of the brain’s hypothalamus and the pituitary and adrenal glands regulates how the body processes stress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huge study explores genetics of PTSD in more than 165,000 U.S. veterans," 5 Aug. 2019 His adrenal glands were producing way too much adrenaline. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019 His adrenal glands were producing way too much adrenaline. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself," 27 July 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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