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Pituitary Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
  • having abnormal size with overgrown extremities resulting from abnormal pituitary secretion; "a protruding acromegalic jaw"; "a pituitary dwarf"
  • of or relating to the pituitary gland; "pituitary hormone"

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain

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Pituitary Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

The pituitary gland is at the base of the brain between the eyes. It is an important part of the endocrine system. The gland is attached to the hypothalamus and gives out hormones. It controls a whole range of vital functions.

The pituitary gland consists of two parts: the anterior pituitary and the posterior pituitary. It is functionally linked to the hypothalamus by the pituitary stalk (also called the 'infundibulum').

The hypothalamus releases factors down the pituitary stalk to the pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of pituitary hormones. While the pituitary gland is known as the 'master' endocrine gland, both of the lobes are under the control of the hypothalamus.

Pituitary Sample Sentences in News

  • FDA Reins in Marketing of Low-T Drugs
    An advisory panel with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted to impose strict new limitations on Low-T drugs used to treat men with low testosterone. Should the FDA accept the panels recommendations, prescriptions would be limited to patients with serious medical conditions, such as pituitary gland problems. Only a small minority of the […] Read more on this news related to 'Pituitary'
  • 4-Year-Old NJ Boy Is First To Die From Aggressive Enterovirus Strain
    How many things is it possible to fear simultaneously? They say our capacity for love is limitless, but this year's particularly aggressive strain of enterovirus means your heart might have to serve as an emergency overflow chamber for all the fear. Where is the fear normally kept? Appendix? Pituitary gland? Either way, it's full. [ more › ] Read more on this news related to 'Pituitary'

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