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

  • noun 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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  • noun anatomy 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.

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  • noun located near the base of the neck


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