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adrenal cancer
Malignant tumor of the adreanal glands referred to as 'functioning,' (causes increased hormone production), or 'nonfunctioning,' (does not cause increased hormone More…
adrenal cortical hyperplasia
Hyperplasia (abnormal increase in number) of adrenal cortical cells
adrenal gland
(ah-DREE-nal) A small gland that produces steroid hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, which help control heart rate, blood pressure, and other important body functions. There are two More…
adrenal medullary tumor
See also: pheochromocytoma
adrenalectomy
Surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands
adrenaline
A hormone and neurotransmitter. Also called epinephrine
adrenergic
Refers to the catecholamines, epinephrine and norepinephrine
adrenocortical cancer
Disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the adrenal cortex, which is the outside layer of the adrenal gland See also: adrenocortical carcinoma
adrenocortical carcinoma
Disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the adrenal cortex, which is the outside layer of the adrenal gland
adrenocorticoid
Commonly called steroids, these drugs suppress the inflammatory response caused by certain disease processes.
adrenocorticotrophic
Stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex
Adriamycin
An anticancer drug that belongs to the family of drugs called antitumor antibiotics. It is an anthracycline. Also called doxorubicin
Adrucil
See also: 5-fu
adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
ATLL. An aggressive (rapidly progressing) type of T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused by the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). It is marked by bone and skin lesions, high More…
advance directive
See also: living will
advanced cancer
Cancer that has migrated to another area of the body or is considered incurable.
adventitia tunica
An enveloping or covering membrane or layer of body tissue
adventitial
Pertaining to the tunica adventitia
adverse effect
An unwanted side effect of treatment
AE
adverse event
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