adrenal cortex

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The outermost layer of the adrenal gland, which releases corticosteroid hormones such as cortisol (hydrocortisone) into the bloodstream in response to stress (1). See also adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), DHEA, zona fasciculata, zona glomerulosa, zona reticularis. [From the Latin ad at + renes kidneys + cortex bark or outer layer]

Subjects: Psychology.

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