Definition of Pituitary

1. Noun. The master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the pituitary gland. "Pituitary hormone"

Definition of Pituitary

1. a. Secreting mucus or phlegm; as, the pituitary membrane, or the mucous membrane which lines the nasal cavities.

Definition of Pituitary

1. Adjective. (anatomy) Of or relating to the pituitary gland. ¹

2. Noun. (anatomy) The pituitary gland. ¹

3. Noun. (anatomy) The pituitary gland together with the pituitary stalk. ¹

4. Noun. (medicine) An extract from the pituitary gland. ¹

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Definition of Pituitary

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Medical Definition of Pituitary

1. An endocrine gland located at the base of the brain, in the small recess of a bone - certain sections of the pituitary each secretes important hormones including growth hormone (GH) and antidiuretic hormone (ADH). (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pituitary

pituitary (current term)
pituitary-adrenal system
pituitary adamantinoma
pituitary adenoma
pituitary ameloblastoma
pituitary apoplexy
pituitary bodies
pituitary body
pituitary cachexia
pituitary diverticulum
pituitary dwarf
pituitary dwarfism
pituitary fossa
pituitary gigantism
pituitary gland

Literary usage of Pituitary

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1. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"Functional pituitary Syndrome and Its Differential Diagnosis from Common ... I. TWO CASES OF pituitary TUMOR THE work of Gushing in emphasizing the clinical ..."

2. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"Neuroleptic treatment did not change anterior pituitary weight significantly (Table I). The water-soluble protein concentration of the gland increased by ..."

3. Practice of Medicine by Frederick Tice (1921)
"SECTION 1 pituitary AMENORRHEA (Anterior Lobe Insufficiency of the ... This, as well as those insufficiencies of the pituitary occurring late in life, ..."

4. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"The organs found active were the pituitary body, the corpus luteum, ... The pituitary body is by far the most active; the substance responsible is in the ..."

5. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"TT has been assumed, and certain observations seem to warrant the assumption, that the pituitary gland, either through its own secretions or through the ..."

6. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Thomas Pickering Pick (1897)
"This process covers in the pituitary fossa, enclosing the pituitary body, ... The pituitary body is very vascular, and consists of two lobes, separated from ..."

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