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pituitary

adjective pi·tu·i·tary \ pə-ˈtü-ə-ˌter-ē , -ˈtyü- \
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of pituitary

1 : of or relating to the pituitary gland
2 : caused or characterized by secretory disturbances of the pituitary gland
  • pituitary dwarfism

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Origin and Etymology of pituitary

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


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pituitary

noun

Definition of pituitary

plural pituitaries

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First Known Use of pituitary

1845

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PITUITARY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pituitary for English Language Learners

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


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pituitary

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

medical Definition of pituitary

1 : of or relating to the pituitary gland
2 : caused or characterized by secretory disturbances of the pituitary gland
  • a pituitary dwarf

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pituitary

noun

medical Definition of pituitary

plural pituitaries
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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