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Adrenal glands

one of a pair of ductless glands, located above the kidneys, consisting of a cortex, which produces steroidal hormones, and a medulla, which produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Historical Examples

Adrenin is a substance secreted into the blood by the adrenal glands.
The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell

Similar calcium deposits were seen frequently in the adrenal glands, in their cortex, or at the border of the cortex and medulla.
Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess

The rapid secretion of the adrenal glands during anger is itself aroused by the nerve running to this gland.
Psychology Robert S. Woodworth

Again, the kidneys, and especially the adrenal glands, influence the hair.
Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6) Havelock Ellis

an endocrine gland at the anterior end of each kidney. Its medulla secretes adrenaline and noradrenaline and its cortex secretes several steroid hormones Also called suprarenal gland

adrenal gland n.
Either of two small, dissimilarly shaped endocrine glands, one located above each kidney, consisting of the cortex, which secretes several steroid hormones, and the medulla, which secretes epinephrine. Also called epinephros, paranephros, suprarenal gland.
adrenal gland

Either of two small endocrine glands, one located above each kidney. The outer portion, or cortex, secretes steroid hormones (corticosteroids). The inner portion, or medulla, secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine.
adrenal glands [(uh-dreen-l)]

Two small glands, one located near the upper part of each kidney, that function in the endocrine system. Part of each adrenal gland secretes adrenaline; another part secretes other important hormones.


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