adrenal

The adjective adrenal describes something near the kidneys. The adrenal glands control the release of stress hormones in the body.

Adrenal is a scientific term describing a pair of endocrine glands that sit at the top of the kidneys in the human body. These glands control the way the kidneys work, as well as affecting stress hormones like adrenaline. The word adrenal, "of or near the kidneys," comes from Latin roots: ad-, "at or near," and renes, "kidneys."

Definitions of adrenal
  1. adjective
    of or pertaining to the adrenal glands or their secretions
  2. adjective
    near the kidneys
  3. noun
    either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney
    synonyms: adrenal gland, suprarenal gland
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    type of:
    ductless gland, endocrine, endocrine gland
    any of the glands of the endocrine system that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream
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