American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A two-lobed endocrine gland found in all vertebrates, located in front of and on either side of the trachea in humans, and producing various hormones, such as triiodothyronine and calcitonin.
- n. anatomy A large butterfly-shaped endocrine gland situated on the front of the neck that produces various hormones. Removal due to thyroid cancer is termed a total thyroidectomy.
- n. located near the base of the neck
“Finally, Witebsky too became convinced: when an antigen from the thyroid gland was introduced into the body, the body’s fighter antibodies could mistakenly damage the patient’s own cells in devastating blasts of self-sabotage, resulting in thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism.”
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