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Pituitary definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PITU'ITARY, a. [L. pituita, phlegm, rheum; Gr. to spit.]
That secretes phlegm or mucus; as the pituitary membrane.
The pituitary gland is a small oval body on the lower side of the brain, supposed by the ancients to secrete the mucus of the nostrils.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of or relating to the pituitary gland; "pituitary hormone" n
1: the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain [syn: pituitary, pituitary gland, pituitary body, hypophysis]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Latin pituita phlegm; from the former belief that the pituitary gland secreted phlegm more at pip Date: 1615 1. of or relating to the pituitary gland 2. caused or characterized by secretory disturbances of the pituitary gland <pituitary dwarfism> II. noun (plural -taries) Date: 1845 pituitary gland

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. (pl. -ies) (also pituitary gland or body) a small ductless gland at the base of the brain secreting various hormones essential for growth and other bodily functions. --adj. of or relating to this gland. Etymology: L pituitarius secreting phlegm f. pituita phlegm

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pituitary Pi*tu"i*ta*ry, a. [L. pituita phlegm, pituite: cf. F. pituitarie.] (Anat.) (a) Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities. (b) Of or pertaining to the pituitary body; as, the pituitary fossa. Pituitary body or gland (Anat.), a glandlike body of unknown function, situated in the pituitary fossa, and connected with the infundibulum of the brain; the hypophysis. Pituitary fossa (Anat.), the ephippium.




 


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