para·​thy·​roid | \ ˌper-ə-ˈthī-ˌrȯid How to pronounce parathyroid (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

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Definition of parathyroid (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or produced by the parathyroid glands

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In some cases, your doctor may give you medication that mimics the effects of calcium in the blood in an attempt to trick the parathyroid into scaling back its hormone production. Korin Miller, SELF, "‘DWTS’ Pro Alan Bersten Reveals He Needed Surgery for Hyperparathyroidism," 24 Apr. 2018 Pritikin herself had her thyroid removed and suffers from a disease of the parathyroid. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Under the mushroom cloud: Will Nagasaki’s story be told at Hanford’s new national park?," 2 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cause was a parathyroid tumor, said a daughter, Deborah Calcaterra. David Whipple, Washington Post, "Community deaths," 2 July 2019 In that case, federal prosecutors contend Quest/Nichols sold misbranded tests to various laboratories that were unreliable in measuring parathyroid hormone levels in patients. Joe Mandak, The Seattle Times, "Man’s appeal in wife’s cyanide poisoning: Case lacks proof," 13 July 2017 At this point nothing except injections of parathyroid hormone and, perhaps, a new injectable drug called abaloparatide now being tested in clinical trials, make bone denser and stronger. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Exercise Is Not the Path to Strong Bones," 1 Apr. 2016

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1895, in the meaning defined above


1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Parathyroid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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para·​thy·​roid | \ -ˈthī-ˌrȯid How to pronounce parathyroid (audio) \

Medical Definition of parathyroid

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Medical Definition of parathyroid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : adjacent to a thyroid gland
2 : of, relating to, or produced by the parathyroid glands

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