adrenal cortex

Pronunciation: (uh-DREE-nul KOR-tex)

The outer part of the adrenal gland (a small organ on top of each kidney). The adrenal cortex makes androgen and corticosteroid hormones.

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.

2006-04-14 Date last modified: 2013-06-03