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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.
3.
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

or Hadrian I

noun
1.
died a.d. 795, pope 772–795.

Adrian II

or Hadrian II

noun
1.
Italian ecclesiastic: pope a.d. 867–872.

Adrian III

or Hadrian III

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

Adrian IV

or Hadrian IV

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

Adrian V

or Hadrian V

noun
1.
died 1276, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1276.

Adrian VI

or Hadrian VI

noun
1.
1459–1523, Dutch ecclesiastic: pope 1522–23.
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  • It seemed as if a single step took her to the side of Adrian.

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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

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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