Adrenal Glands: Function, Cortex & Medulla


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Why do some people consider the adrenal medulla to be a misplaced part of the sympathetic nervous system?

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1. Nathan is still suffering from the unexpected and tragic death of both of his parents in an automobile accident last year. Which of the following hormones listed is helping him to cope with this long-term stressor?

2. Which of the following is a function of catecholamines?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The endocrine system includes a set of powerful and unique glands called the adrenal glands, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the structure and functions of these glands. Some adrenal gland functions you'll be assessed on include the regulation of stress and water balance in the body.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The adrenal cortex and what hormones come from it
  • Adrenal hormones and their functions
  • Location of adrenal glands
  • Catecholamines and their functions

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of hormones and their functions in the adrenal cortex
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define terms, including catecholamines and glucocorticoids
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast parts of the adrenal glands from the lesson, such as adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the structure and function of these glands

Additional Learning

To learn more about the structure and function of adrenal glands, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifying and understanding the adrenal cortex and corticosteroids
  • Identifying and understanding the adrenal medulla and catecholamines
  • Understanding the types of hormones and what their functions are
  • Reviewing images of the endocrine system