Adrenal (adjective)

  1. Relating to the adrenal gland.
  2. Excited or activated by the release of adrenaline.


Early 19th century: from latin adrenalis, from greek adrenalē, denoting the glands near the kidney.


  1. Adrenal glands produce hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
  2. The adrenal response to stress and danger triggers a fight or flight reaction.
  3. The adrenal rush of skydiving is addictive to some thrill seekers.
  4. Adrenal fatigue can occur when the glands are overworked and unable to produce hormones.
  5. The adrenal response to the sudden noise was a sharp increase in heart rate and breathing.
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