Definition of adrenal cortex in English:

adrenal cortex

noun

Zoology Anatomy
  • The outer region of the adrenal gland, which is composed of cells of mesodermal origin that synthesize and secrete steroid hormones, including mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids (including cortisol), and androgens.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal of the Medical Sciences.