Thymus body


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thymus body a ductless gland in the throat, or in the neighboring region, of nearly all vertebrates. In man and other mammals it is the throat, or neck, sweetbread, which lies in the upper part of the thorax and lower part of the throat. It is largest in fetal and early life, and disappears or becomes rudimentary in the adult. The thymus gland functions as the site of maturation of T-lymphocytes (T-cells), which confer cell-mediated immunity on the host organism; thus, removal or malfunciton of the thymus can lead to absence of cell-mediated immunity, and a consequent loss of resistance to infection.
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In news:

In his book Your Body Doesn't Lie evidence accumulated over the past 30 years on the Thymus Gland 's role in immunology is overwhelming.
In cases where the Thymus has been destroyed or removed the body is less effective in fighting infection and cancer.

In science:

The simplest assumption is that uninfected cells are produced at a constant rate λ at which new T cells are generated from sources within the body, such as the thymus and die at a rate dT .
A dynamic Bayesian nonlinear mixed-effects model of HIV response incorporating medication adherence, drug resistance and covariates