ad·​e·​no·​hy·​poph·​y·​sis ˌa-də-(ˌ)nō-hī-ˈpä-fə-səs How to pronounce adenohypophysis (audio)
: the anterior glandular lobe of the pituitary gland

Word History


probably borrowed from German Adenohypophyse, from adeno- adeno- + Hypophyse hypophysis

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adenohypophysis was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Adenohypophysis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


ad·​e·​no·​hy·​poph·​y·​sis -hī-ˈpäf-ə-səs How to pronounce adenohypophysis (audio)
plural adenohypophyses -ə-ˌsēz How to pronounce adenohypophysis (audio)
: the anterior part of the pituitary gland that is derived from the embryonic pharynx and is primarily glandular in nature

called also anterior lobe, anterior pituitary

compare neurohypophysis
adenohypophyseal adjective
or adenohypophysial
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