noun (plural pituitaries)
- (in full pituitary gland or pituitary body) The major endocrine gland, a pea-sized body attached to the base of the brain that is important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands. Also called hypophysis.More example sentences
- This hormone stimulates the pituitary, another endocrine gland near the brain, to secrete adrenocorticotropic hormone.
- Tadpole pituitaries secrete thyroid-stimulating hormone in response to CRH.
- The pituitary is a pea-sized gland situated near the base of the skull.
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- Relating to the pituitary gland.More example sentences
- Common nervous system manifestations include facial palsies, and hypothalamic and pituitary lesions.
- The cytologic and architectural features of these tumors are reminiscent of those of the normal posterior pituitary lobe.
- The basisphenoid bears a deep, central depression at this point called the sella turcica or pituitary fossa.
early 17th century: from Latin pituitarius 'secreting phlegm', from pituita 'phlegm'.
More definitions of pituitaryDefinition of pituitary in:
- The US English dictionary