Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Adrenal Gland

Paired endocrine gland located superior to each kidney in most vertebrates; a composite organ that consists of the adrenal medulla and the adrenal cortex of differing embryonic origin that function to secrete several stress hormones. Aka suprarenal gland, epinephric gland, third gonad.

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