from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The pituitary gland.
  • n. Medicine An extract from the anterior or posterior lobes of the pituitary gland, prepared for therapeutic use.
  • adj. Of or relating to the pituitary gland.
  • adj. Of or secreting phlegm or mucus; mucous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to the pituitary gland.
  • n. The pituitary gland.
  • n. The pituitary gland together with the pituitary stalk.
  • n. An extract from the pituitary gland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Secreting mucus or phlegm.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the pituitary body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mucous; secreting or containing mucus, or supposed to do so; relating to pituita.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to the pituitary gland
  • n. the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain


From Latin pītuītārius, of phlegm (from the early belief that it produced mucus), from pītuīta, phlegm; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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