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Adrian

[ey-dree-uh n] /ˈeɪ dri ən/
noun
1.
Edgar Douglas, 1889–1977, English physiologist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1932.
2.
(Gilbert) 1903–59, U.S. fashion and costume designer.
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4.
a city in SE Michigan.
5.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “from Hadria,” an ancient city in northern Italy.

Adrian I

noun
1.
died a.d. 795, pope 772–795.
Also, Hadrian I.

Adrian II

noun
1.
Italian ecclesiastic: pope a.d. 867–872.
Also, Hadrian II.

Adrian III

noun
1.
Saint, Italian ecclesiastic: pope a.d. 884–885.
Also, Hadrian III.

Adrian IV

noun
1.
(Nicholas Breakspear) c1100–59, only Englishman to become pope, 1154–59.
Also, Hadrian IV.

Adrian V

noun
1.
died 1276, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1276.
Also, Hadrian V.

Adrian VI

noun
1.
1459–1523, Dutch ecclesiastic: pope 1522–23.
Also, Hadrian VI.
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British Dictionary definitions for Adrian

Adrian

/ˈeɪdrɪən/
noun
1.
Edgar Douglas, Baron Adrian. 1889–1977, English physiologist, noted particularly for his research into the function of neurons: shared with Sherrington the Nobel prize for physiology and medicine 1932

Hadrian

/ˈheɪdrɪən/
noun
1.
Latin name Publius Aelius Hadrianus. 76–138 ad, Roman emperor (117–138); adopted son and successor of Trajan. He travelled throughout the Roman Empire, strengthening its frontiers and encouraging learning and architecture, and in Rome he reorganized the army and codified Roman law

Adrian IV

noun
1.
original name Nicholas Breakspear. ?1100–59, the only English pope (1154–59)
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Word Origin and History for Adrian

masc. proper name, from Latin Adrianus/Hadrianus, literally "of the Adriatic" (see Adriatic).

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Adrian in Medicine

Adrian A·dri·an (ā'drē-ən), Edgar Douglas. First Baron Adrian. 1889-1977.

British physiologist. He shared a 1932 Nobel Prize for major advances in the understanding of the nervous and muscular systems and was one of the first to study electrical activity in the brain and nervous system.

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Encyclopedia Article for Adrian

Adrian I

pope from 772 to 795 whose close relationship with the emperor Charlemagne symbolized the medieval ideal of union of church and state in a united Christendom.

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Adrian VI

the only Dutch pope, elected in 1522. He was the last non-Italian pope until the election of John Paul II in 1978.

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