zona reticularis


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Related to zona reticularis: zona fasciculata, zona glomerulosa

zona reticularis

[‚zō·nə re‚tik·yə′lär·əs]
(anatomy)
The inner tissue layer of the adrenal cortex that is involved in the synthesis and secretion of sex steroid precursors and, to less extent, glucocorticoids.
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If you patient is still menstruating, check her total estrogen the first week of her menstrual cycle when her ovarian estrogen is the lowest, and again when her ovarian estrogen is the highest, and the difference will be zona reticularis, adrenal estrogen.
Secreted in relatively small amounts by the zona reticularis (inner zone of the adrenal cortex), these include progesterone, estrogens, and androgens.
Differentially expressed genes in zona reticularis cells of the human adrenal cortex.
Neonatally, the 3 separate cortical zones develop, but the zona reticularis is not recognizable until the third year of life.