from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. located near the base of the neck
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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.
Abnormalities of iodine metabolism, which can result in thyroid disease and obesity, can be prevented through ingestion of kelp, a whole food supplement that provides iodine to support the thyroid gland and balance metabolism.
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Such an energy-boosting formula would ideally contain a variety of natural substances that support the activity of the thyroid gland which regulates metabolism, increase the burning of fat, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and suppress appetite.