pituitary

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Etymology[edit]

1610s, from Latin pituitarius (mucous), from pituita ("clammy moisture, phlegm, mucus, slime"), possibly from PIE root *peie- ("to be fat, swell"). Taken as the name for the gland because it was believed that it channeled mucus to the nose. As a noun by 1899.

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  • IPA(key): /pɪˈtjuːɪt(ə)ri/

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pituitary (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) Of or relating to the pituitary gland.

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Noun[edit]

pituitary (plural pituitaries)

  1. (anatomy) The pituitary gland.
  2. (anatomy) The pituitary gland together with the pituitary stalk.
  3. (medicine) An extract from the pituitary gland.

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