thymus gland


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thymus gland a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thymus gland 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 literature:

They include the heart, tongue, liver, and kidneys, as well as the thymus and thyroid glands and the pancreas.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Like the spleen, the thyroid and thymus glands are supposed to work some change in the blood, but what is not clearly known.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The thymus gland or sweetbread.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
The chloride and lactate of calcium, and extract of thymus gland have been employed to increase the coagulability of the blood.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Sweetbread, which is thymus gland of the calf, is a delicate and agreeable article of diet, particularly for invalids.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
After respiration they expand and occupy the whole thorax, and closely surround the heart and thymus gland.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Observe the condition of the anterior mediastinal glands, the thymus and the lungs.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He recognized the opening of the common biliary duct, and was the first to give a good description of the thymus gland.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
It is nearly always accompanied by a distinct hypertrophy of the thymus gland.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley

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.
So the Thymus sounds like a pretty important Gland after all.
Aberrant thymus and parathyroid gland presenting as a recurrent lateral neck mass: A case report.
The Mysterious Thymus Gland Explained.
Are any of you familiar with the Thymus Gland .
When we automatically slap our chest with our open palm in a moment of surprise, we are actually stimulating our Thymus Gland .
An intermediate stage of computer-simulated thymus gland evolution.
The pairing of fluorescent hot sauce often served in sports bars with a fried thymus gland associated with haute cuisine is just the kind of low/high concept that gets New American cuisine enthusiasts all fired up.