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parathyroid gland

noun

Definition of PARATHYROID GLAND

:  any of usually four small endocrine glands that are adjacent to or embedded in the thyroid gland and produce parathyroid hormone

Origin of PARATHYROID GLAND

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1895

parathyroid gland

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PARATHYROID GLAND

:  any of usually four small endocrine glands that are adjacent to or embedded in the thyroid gland, are composed of irregularly arranged secretory epithelial cells lying in a stroma rich in capillaries, and produce parathyroid hormone

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