• WordNet 3.6
    • n thymus a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age
    • n Thymus large genus of Old World mints: thyme
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a thymus thī"mŭs (Anat) Of, pertaining to, or designating, the thymus gland.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thymus A genus of labiate plants, belonging to the tribe Satureineæ and subtribe Menthoideæ; the thyme. It is characterized by axillary or spiked few-flowered verticillasters, a distinctly two-lipped, ten- to thir-teen-nerved calyx closed within by hairs, and a slightly two-lipped corolla with four perfect stamens. There are about 40, or as some class them 100 species, nearly all natives of the Mediterranean region, a few in the Canary Islands and Abyssinia, and one or two widely dispersed over the temperate and northern parts of Europe and Asia. They are small shrubby plants, with entire leaves small and nearly alike throughout, or in the spike changed into bracts, the flowers in separate axillary whorls or in loose or compact terminal spikes. The species are known in general as thyme. See also mastic-herb, and cut under stamen.
    • n thymus In anatomy, a fetal structure, vestigial in the adult, one of the so-called ductless glands, of no known function, situated inside the thorax, behind the breast-bone, near the root of the neck. The thymus of veal and lamb is called sweetbread, and more fully throat or neck-sweet-bread, to distinguish it from the pancreas or stomach-sweetbread.
    • n thymus In pathology, same as acrothymion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thymus thī′mus a ductless gland near the root of the neck, of no known function, vestigial in adult man—that of veal and lamb called neck-sweetbread.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. qy`mos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. thymos, sweet thyme.


In literature:

Echium vulgare, a humbug, merely a case like Thymus.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
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
The thymus is also a blood gland.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
This occurs in Geranium pratense, Thymus serpyllum, Arum maculatum, and many others.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Pinus cedroides commences, Dalibarda, Daphne papyracea, Thymus, Gnaphalia, Mespilus and Berberis, as before, Potentilla.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The thymus gland or sweetbread.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
Thymus serpyllum and T. glandulosus .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
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

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.
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.
Thymoma is the most common tumor of the anterior mediastinum and the most common primary tumor of the thymus .
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.
The rhymes preferred by cooks, broadly categorized as English or French thymes (Thymus Vulgaris),impart a woodsy, aromatic flavor to savory dishes based on vegetables, grains, seafoods and meats.

In science:

The bone marrow and thymus releases continuously novel immune cells in order to keep the population up-to-date.
Next Challenges in Bringing Artificial Immune Systems to Production in Network Security
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