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From Latin pītuīta (mucus, phlegm).



pituita (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, now only historical) Phlegm; mucus.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , Book I (New York 2001 edition), p.148:
      Pituita, or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder part of the chylus []



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pītuīta f (genitive pītuītae); first declension

  1. mucus, phlegm
  2. rheum, head cold


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pītuīta pītuītae
genitive pītuītae pītuītārum
dative pītuītae pītuītīs
accusative pītuītam pītuītās
ablative pītuītā pītuītīs
vocative pītuīta pītuītae


  • pituita in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pituita in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “pituita”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • pituita in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette