parathyroid gland

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 28 Jan. 2023.

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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