pituitary body

pituitary body
noun
the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
Derivationally related forms: ↑hypophysial (for: ↑hypophysis), ↑hypophyseal (for: ↑hypophysis), ↑pituitary (for: ↑pituitary)
Hypernyms: ↑endocrine gland, ↑endocrine, ↑ductless gland
Part Holonyms: ↑diencephalon, ↑interbrain, ↑betweenbrain, ↑thalmencephalon
Part Meronyms:

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noun

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(formerly) the pituitary gland.

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pituitary gland or pituitary body noun
A ductless endocrine gland at the base of the brain affecting growth, once thought to produce mucus
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Main Entry:pituitary

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pituitary gland or pituitary body,
a small, oval endocrine gland situated at the base of the brain of most vertebrates, in a cavity of the sphenoid bone; hypophysis; master gland. It secretes hormones that promote growth, stimulate and regulate other glands, raise blood pressure, promote milk secretion, and regulate many other bodily functions.

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  • Pituitary body — Pituitary Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pituitary body — noun see pituitary gland …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pituitary body — (formerly) the pituitary gland. * * * …   Universalium

  • pituitary body — noun The controlling gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain …   Wiktionary

  • pituitary body — hypophysis …   Medical dictionary

  • Pituitary — Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pituitary fossa — Pituitary Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pituitary gland — Pituitary Pi*tu i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pituitary gland — or pituitary body n. a small, oval endocrine gland attached by a stalk to the base of the brain and consisting of an anterior and a posterior lobe: it secretes hormones influencing body growth, metabolism, the activity of other endocrine glands,… …   English World dictionary

  • pituitary gland — (also pituitary body) ► NOUN ▪ a pea sized gland attached to the base of the brain, important in controlling growth and development. ORIGIN Latin pituitarius secreting phlegm …   English terms dictionary

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