from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small oval endocrine gland attached to the base of the vertebrate brain and consisting of an anterior and a posterior lobe, the secretions of which control the other endocrine glands and influence growth, metabolism, and maturation.
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- noun anatomy An
endocrine gland, about the size of a pea, that sits in a small, bony cavity at the base of the brain whose secretions control the other endocrine glands and influence growth, metabolism, and maturation.
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- noun the master gland of the endocrine system; located at the base of the brain
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