parathyroid gland

noun

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

Examples of parathyroid gland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a hospital in Brussels in 2019, one patient was fully awake while surgeons removed two parathyroid glands from her throat, while an anesthesiologist asked her to imagine Thanksgiving dinner at home, candles flickering in a windowsill. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 Sometimes the parathyroid glands start making too much parathyroid hormone in dialysis patients. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 The parathyroid gland helps regulate calcium and phosphate, so these need to be checked. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 The four parathyroid glands sit on top of the thyroid and make a hormone called parathyroid hormone, commonly abbreviated as PTH and unrelated to thyroid hormone. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 13 June 2023 An imaging scan showed a hyperactive parathyroid gland. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 But the most common cause is an overactive parathyroid gland in a condition known as hyperparathyroidism. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 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

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parathyroid gland was in 1895

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“Parathyroid gland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parathyroid%20gland. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

parathyroid gland

noun
: any of usually four small endocrine glands next to or located in the thyroid gland that produce parathyroid hormone

Medical Definition

parathyroid gland

noun
: 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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