American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a pine-cone, or resembling it in shape.
- Pertaining to the pineal body.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pine cone; resembling a pine cone.
- From French pinéal, from Middle French, from Latin pīnea ("pine cone, pine nut"), from pīneus ("of the pine") (Wiktionary)
- French pinéal, from Latin pīnea, pine cone, from feminine of pīneus, of pine, from pīnus, pine tree; see peiə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“By Plato the rational soul is placed in the brain, whilst Descartes relegates it to the minute portion of it called the pineal gland.”
“As a result, Yale had a kind of head start in pineal research.”
“When the sun sets and darkness sweeps over, a pea-sized structure located deep between the hemispheres of your brain called the pineal gland begins to secrete this hormone, preparing you for bed.”
“Here goes: We all have a third eye called the pineal gland located in the middle of the brain, which secretes melatonin.”
“For he maintained, that the soul or mind is specially united to a particular part of the brain, namely, to that part called the pineal gland, by the aid of which the mind is enabled to feel all the movements which are set going in the body, and also external objects, and which the mind by”
“They were especially intent upon increasing the secretions of what we now call the pineal gland, and referred to these as the nectar of the moon—an appropriate nomenclature, since the primary hormone secreted by the pineal is melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep.”
“Because it vaguely resembles a pinecone in shape it is called the pineal gland (pin'ee-ul).”
“In the brain of man and many of the lower vertebrates, hanging by two peduncles, or strands of nerve fibre, from the thalami, or beds of the optic nerve, is a small rounded or heart-shaped body of about the size of a pea, known as the pineal gland.”
“One of these (Figs. 69, 70, 71, pl) is called the pineal gland, and projects more or less upwards; the other (Figs. 69, 70, 71, pt) projects downwards, and is called the pituitary body.”
“A gland in our brain called the pineal gland is our internal sensor of light.”
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