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Adrenal cortex

Descriptions of Adrenal cortex

Adrenal cortex: the cortex of the adrenal gland; secretes corticosterone and sex hormones
Source: WordNet 2.1

Adrenal cortex : The outer layer of the adrenal gland. It secretes mineralocorticoids, androgens, and glucocorticoids.
Source: MESH OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies)

Summary Information: Adrenal cortex

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex is the outer layer of the paired adrenal glands, which are located on the top of each kidney. The adrenal cortex produces a variety of steroid hormones, chemical substances that help to regulate a wide variety of the body's processes. The adrenal cortex and the hormones it produces are vital to such processes as metabolism and water and electrolyte balance. They also play a role in the in sexual development and function and have anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory effects.

The hormones of the adrenal cortex include the adrenal steroid hormones: androgen hormones, mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. Conditions that can afflict the adrenal cortex include Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome, androgen insensitivity syndrome, excessive production of adrenal androgen hormones, hyperaldosteronism, adrenal tumors, adrenal cancer, and trauma.

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