adrenal cortical hormones

adrenal cortical hormones

hormones secreted by the cortex of the ADRENAL GLANDS. They are generally of three main types:
  1. mineralocorticoids, e.g. ALDOSTERONE and deoxycorticosterone, which are concerned with salt and water balance;
  2. GLUCOCORTICOIDS, e.g. CORTISONE and hydrocortisone, which aid the formation of carbohydrates from fat and protein; and
  3. sex hormones, particularly ANDROGENS in both male and female mammals.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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