pituitary

adjective
pi·tu·i·tary | \pə-ˈtü-ə-ˌter-ē, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of pituitary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the pituitary gland

2 : caused or characterized by secretory disturbances of the pituitary gland pituitary dwarfism

pituitary

noun
plural pituitaries

Definition of pituitary (Entry 2 of 2)

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Krishnasamy also said Bates failed to conduct physical exams for 14 of the 15 patients; conducted testosterone tests at the wrong time a day; and failed to rule out serious illnesses for male patients, such as pituitary tumors. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 The Food and Drug Administration approves testosterone gels and shots only for men with levels under 300, including those who have diseases that cause hormone levels to plummet, such as a pituitary tumor or injury to the testicles. Randi Hutter Epstein, New York Times, "The Highs and Lows of Testosterone," 27 Mar. 2018 But if the receptors in the pituitary sense that there’s too much testosterone in the bloodstream, that forms a negative feedback loop. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Hold On Everyone, Male Birth Control Still Isn't Happening Anytime Soon," 22 Mar. 2018 But in 2003, Wobig was diagnosed with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that required surgery and radiation. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Carol Wobig's stories speak for Wisconsin women from small towns," 28 Feb. 2018 The researchers jump-started the system's chemical communications with an injection of pituitary hormone. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Menstrual Cycle “on a Chip” Offers a New Window into Female Physiology," 1 June 2017 The most common cause of too much growth hormone release is a benign tumor of the pituitary gland, according to the National Institutes of Health. Fox News, "At 6-Feet, 9-Inches, 14-Year-Old Girl Too Tall for School Bus," 31 Aug. 2010 The researchers jump-started the system's chemical communications with an injection of pituitary hormone. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Menstrual Cycle “on a Chip” Offers a New Window into Female Physiology," 22 May 2017 In 1930, Hogben injected Xenopus with extracts from an ox’s pituitary gland—a pea-sized hormone factory at the base of the brain. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How a Frog Became the First Mainstream Pregnancy Test," 4 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When levels go up, the pituitary senses this and reduces TSH production. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 Bendig, 84, died of complications from a pituitary apoplexy on June 3 at the Avantara Park Ridge nursing and rehabilitation center in Park Ridge, said his son Ray. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Raymond Bendig, veteran Chicago journalist, dies," 17 June 2018 The thyroid works like a furnace and the pituitary as a thermostat. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 Puberty starts when your brain starts to release a hormone that activates your body’s pituitary and gonadal glands. Emily Price, Fortune, "Scientists Now Think Adolescence Should Last Until Age 24," 19 Jan. 2018 Joint and muscle pain, and rheumatoid arthritis can also occur, and the immune system can also attack vital glands like the thyroid and pituitary. Denise Grady And Andrew Pollack, New York Times, "What Is Immunotherapy? The Basics on These Cancer Treatments," 30 July 2016 At the time, scientists knew that the urine of pregnant women contained hormones that were made in the pituitary and that affected the development of ovaries. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How a Frog Became the First Mainstream Pregnancy Test," 4 May 2017 In utero, her pituitary gland shifted in her brain, preventing her optic nerves from fully developing. John Otis, New York Times, "Stepping Out of the Ring While Rolling With the Punches," 18 Jan. 2017 The irregular periods are caused by the disruption of the neuroendocrine hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which can occur from concussion, according to the study. Daniella Emanuel, CNN, "Study links concussions to irregular menstrual cycles," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of pituitary

Adjective

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pituitary

Adjective

Latin pituita phlegm; from the former belief that the pituitary gland secreted phlegm — more at pip

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noun

English Language Learners Definition of pituitary

medical : a small organ in the brain that produces hormones and influences growth and development

pituitary

adjective
pi·tu·i·tary | \pə-ˈt(y)ü-ə-ˌter-ē \

Medical Definition of pituitary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the pituitary gland

2 : caused or characterized by secretory disturbances of the pituitary gland a pituitary dwarf

pituitary

noun
plural pituitaries

Medical Definition of pituitary (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the cleaned, dried, and powdered posterior lobe of the pituitary gland of cattle that is used in the treatment of uterine atony and hemorrhage, shock, and intestinal paresis

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