Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Secreting mucus or phlegm.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the pituitary body.
  • adjective (Anat.) a a small, somewhat cherry-shaped endocrine gland, situated in the pituitary fossa, and suspended from the base of the hypothalamus; the hypophysis; -- called also glandula pituitaria, and basilaris. It secretes th pituitary hormones: oxytocin; vasopresin; antidiuretic hormone; luteinizing hormone; somatotropins; prolactin; thyroid stimulating hormone; gonadotropins; adrenal corticotropin and other peptide hormones. It affects all hormonal functions, and is thus called the “master gland”.
  • adjective (Anat.) the ephippium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective anatomy Of or relating to the pituitary gland.
  • noun anatomy The pituitary gland.
  • noun anatomy The pituitary gland together with the pituitary stalk.
  • noun medicine An extract from the pituitary gland.

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

  • adjective of or relating to the pituitary gland
  • noun the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain

Etymologies

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

[From Latin pītuītārius, of phlegm (from the early belief that it produced mucus), from pītuīta, phlegm; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • The pituitary is a very important regulator of the homeostatic function of the liver.

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  • A protein hormone called pituitary gland and increases the bodies production of hormones from the hormones reduce inflammation in injuries.

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  • A protein hormone called pituitary gland and increases the bodies production of hormones from the hormones reduce inflammation in injuries.

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  • A protein hormone called pituitary gland and increases the bodies production of hormones from the hormones reduce inflammation in injuries.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • A protein hormone called pituitary gland and increases the bodies production of hormones from the hormones reduce inflammation in injuries.

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  • It's actually produced at the base of the brain by something known as the pituitary gland.

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  • But one of the most common causes of infertility is anovulation, which means the hormones that are secreted by the pituitary are a little bit out of, you know, balance.

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  • As the child nears puberty, a gland in the brain called the pituitary gland increases the secretion of a hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone FSH.

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  • Puberty begins when a part of the brain called the hypothalamus tells a tiny gland called the pituitary to send a wake-up call to the sleeping sex organs, the testes and ovaries, to boot up and start production.

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  • Puberty begins when a part of the brain called the hypothalamus tells a tiny gland called the pituitary to send a wake-up call to the sleeping sex organs, the testes and ovaries, to boot up and start production.

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