- adrenal gland or adrenal body,either of two very small ductless glands, one on the upper part of each kidney, that secrete adrenalin; suprarenal gland. The outer layer or cortex secretes corticosterone and other important steroid hormones and the inner part or medulla secretes adrenalin.
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