parathyroid hormone


: a hormone of the parathyroid gland that regulates the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the body

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Recent Examples on the Web To check for hypoparathyroidism, your doctor may also order another blood test that measures phosphorus, magnesium, and parathyroid hormone and a urine test.⁹ Treatment Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the calcium deficiency and what's causing it. Sandra Gordon, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Your doctor may also prescribe parathyroid hormone, a once-a-day injection, and other medications to improve the body's calcium levels.³ Dietary supplements are minimally regulated by the FDA and may or may not be suitable for you. Sandra Gordon, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 Sometimes the parathyroid glands start making too much parathyroid hormone in dialysis patients. 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 Seth Donahue, a biomedical engineer at Colorado State University, suspects that the parathyroid hormone, which regulates calcium uptake, helps maintain bone density. Gregory Mone, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2013 Sure enough, his parathyroid hormone level was elevated, consistent with the most common form of hyperparathyroidism. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 Restoring bone mass currently requires an injection of medication containing a peptide fragment of human parathyroid hormone (PTH) used to stimulate bone formation, reports Ellen Phiddian for Cosmos. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 Gut microbes also appear to moderate another signal that affects bone: parathyroid hormone (PTH), from the parathyroid glands at the base of the neck. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Parathyroid hormone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

parathyroid hormone

: a hormone that is produced by the parathyroid glands and controls the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood

Medical Definition

parathyroid hormone

: a hormone of the parathyroid gland that regulates the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the body
abbreviation PTH

called also parathormone

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