adrenocortical carcinoma

Pronunciation: (uh-DREE-noh-KOR-tih-kul KAR-sih-NOH-muh)

A rare cancer that forms in the outer layer of tissue of the adrenal gland (a small organ on top of each kidney that makes steroid hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline to control heart rate, blood pressure, and other body functions). Also called adrenocortical cancer and cancer of the adrenal cortex.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the adrenal gland. There are two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. The outer part of each gland is the adrenal cortex; the inner part is the adrenal medulla.

2005-12-22 Date last modified: 2013-06-03