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

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Recent Examples on the Web Doctors were able to schedule Bersten for a two-hour surgery to remove his left parathyroid gland the next day. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of parathyroid gland

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Parathyroid gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parathyroid%20gland. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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parathyroid gland

noun

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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