Pituitary

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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"

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  • 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.



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