pituitary body

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pituitary body the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pituitary body (Anat) a a small, somewhat cherry-shaped endocrine gland, situated in the pituitary fossa, and suspended from the base of the hypothalamus; the hypophysis; -- called also glandula pituitaria, and basilaris. It secretes th pituitary hormones: oxytocin; vasopresin; antidiuretic hormone; luteinizing hormone; somatotropins; prolactin; thyroid stimulating hormone; gonadotropins; adrenal corticotropin and other peptide hormones. It affects all hormonal functions, and is thus called the “master gland”.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pituitary body a rounded body of the size of a small bean, situated in the sella turcica in the sphenoid bone on the floor of the cavity of the skull
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pituitariuspituita, mucus.

Usage

In literature:

It is difficult to avoid injury to the pituitary body embedded in the basisphenoid bone.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
In a few cases it accompanies disease of the pituitary body, which is located in the under surface of the brain.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Tumours of the pituitary body.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Between this skeleton and the pituitary body the important portion of the brain formed by the occipital lobes takes its origin.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
MOUTH INVOLUTION and PITUITARY BODY, pp.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour
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In news:

The endocrine system is a collection of glands in the human body, including the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
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