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Adrenal gland(s)

Similar term(s): adrenal, suprarenal glands.

Definition:

The suprarenal or adrenal glands, each perched over one of the kidneys, are double glands. The core, or medulla, manufactures adrenalin, noradrenalin and a small amount of dopamine. The outer layer of the gland is called the cortex. The adrenal cortex produces three groups of corticosteroids; mineralocorticoids (aldosterone) - control electrolyte and water balance, glucocorticoids (cortisol)- influence carbohydrate metabolism and sex steroid hormones (androgens, DHEA).

Source: EMCOM Endocrine disruptors Glossary 

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See an illustration of how the glands are distributed in the human body in the GreenFacts endocrine disrupter digest

Related words:

Endocrine system - Hormone(s)

Translation(s):

Español: Glándulas suprarrenales
Français: Glande(s) surrénale(s)

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