adrenal cortical hormones
adrenal cortical hormoneshormones secreted by the cortex of the ADRENAL GLANDS. They are generally of three main types:
- mineralocorticoids, e.g. ALDOSTERONE and deoxycorticosterone, which are concerned with salt and water balance;
- GLUCOCORTICOIDS, e.g. CORTISONE and hydrocortisone, which aid the formation of carbohydrates from fat and protein; and
- sex hormones, particularly ANDROGENS in both male and female mammals.
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