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adrenal

[uh-dreen-l] /əˈdrin l/
adjective
1.
of or produced by the adrenal glands.
2.
situated near or on the kidneys; suprarenal.
noun
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; ad- + Latin rēn- (stem of rēnēs kidneys) + -al1
Related forms
adrenally, adverb
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  • His mission is intended as a triumph of the mind over the base adrenal impulses of common speeders.
  • Too little sleep also leads to increased levels cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland under stress.
  • Before you release him, stare into the animal's eyes and register its adrenal fear.
  • What was happening is, my body didn't have the correct amount of cortisol, which is what feeds your adrenal gland.
  • When adrenal functions go out of whack, the mind and body respond in startling ways.
  • The adrenal system promptly floods the body with adrenaline and stress hormones.
  • His diagnosis: adrenal insufficiences caused her collapse.
  • If you have symptoms of adrenal crisis, give yourself an emergency injection of your prescribed medication.
  • adrenal medulla, catecholamines, and pheochromocytoma.
  • Two other famous eponyms involve the adrenal gland, which produces vital hormones.
British Dictionary definitions for adrenal

adrenal

/əˈdriːnəl/
adjective
1.
on or near the kidneys
2.
of or relating to the adrenal glands or their secretions
noun
3.
an adrenal gland
Word Origin
C19: from ad- (near) + renal
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Word Origin and History for adrenal
adj.

"of or near the kidneys," 1866, Modern Latin, from ad- + renalis "of the kidneys," from Latin renes "kidneys." Adrenal gland is from 1875.

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adrenal in Medicine

adrenal ad·re·nal (ə-drē'nəl)
adj.

  1. At, near, or on the kidneys.

  2. Of or relating to the adrenal glands or their secretions.

n.
An adrenal gland or tissue.
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