pituitary

adjective
pi·​tu·​i·​tary | \ pə-ˈtü-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce pituitary (audio) , -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)

Examples of pituitary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On about the 18th day hormonal changes are initiated by the pituitary control and on the 22nd or 23rd day the individual enters kemmer, estrus. Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, "The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”," 20 Nov. 2020 Exercise regulates the body's central stress response system, called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which can help reduce cortisol and other harmful stress hormones. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "You're not nuts. This really is a crazy time. Here are a dozen ways to cope," 20 Oct. 2020 Minkin says that patients with persistent irregularities can talk to their doctor about having their thyroid and pituitary hormone levels tested. Washington Post, "Another routine the pandemic has disrupted: Your period," 24 Aug. 2020 The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA axis, is another mechanism by which the brain can communicate with the gut to help control digestion through the action of hormones. Justin Sonnenburg, Scientific American, "Gut Feelings–the "Second Brain" in Our Gastrointestinal Systems [Excerpt]," 1 May 2015 Another was in danger of going blind after being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor brought on by pregnancy hormones. Nina Martin, ProPublica, "The Extraordinary Danger of Being Pregnant and Uninsured in Texas," 8 Dec. 2019 Prolactin blood test Prolactin is related to your thyroid and pituitary function. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Kind of Testing Will My Fertility Specialist Conduct?," 1 Oct. 2018 Low levels of estradiol can point to PCOS or pituitary issues. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Kind of Testing Will My Fertility Specialist Conduct?," 1 Oct. 2018 The writer Malcolm Gladwell, in a profile of Dr. Wilson in The New Yorker in 1999, described one of those pituitary cancer surgeries. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Charles Wilson, Top Brain Surgeon and Researcher, Dies at 88," 2 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When your pituitary gets damaged, everything can go wrong. Bryan Box, The New Republic, "The Lies We Tell About Soldiers’ Traumatic Brain Injuries," 30 Jan. 2020 The body’s stress response is regulated by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. Rod Mccullom, Quartz, "How bullying may shape adolescent brains," 7 Oct. 2019 Among many other critical functions, this grouping of the brain’s hypothalamus and the pituitary and adrenal glands regulates how the body processes stress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Huge study explores genetics of PTSD in more than 165,000 U.S. veterans," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of pituitary was in 1778

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1 Dec 2020

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“Pituitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pituitary. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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pituitary

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 How to pronounce pituitary (audio) \

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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