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hypophysis Line breaks: hyp|ophy¦sis
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒfɪsɪs/

Definition of hypophysis in English:

noun (plural hypophyses hʌɪˈpɒfɪsiːz)

Technical term for pituitary.
Example sentences
  • As an example, the beta cell of the anterior lobe of the hypophysis secretes adrenocorticotropic hormone.
  • The internal carotid artery supplies blood to the middle ear, brain, hypophysis, orbit, and choroid plexus of the lateral ventricle.
  • This gland, also termed the hypophysis cerebri, lies in a bony cavity, the sella turcica, so called because it was thought to resemble a Turkish saddle.


Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpə(ʊ)ˈfɪzɪəl/
(also hypophysial) adjective
Example sentences
  • An embryonic remnant, it opens in the hypophyseal fossa, traversing the sphenoid body.
  • There were also anastomoses with the superior hypophyseal artery.
  • The hypophyseal fossa is filled with sediment.


Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek hupophusis 'offshoot', from hupo 'under' + phusis 'growth'.

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