para-thyroid gland

parathyroid gland

noun Anatomy.
any of several small oval glands usually lying near or embedded in the thyroid gland.

Origin:
1900–05

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parathyroid gland
 
n
any one of the small egg-shaped endocrine glands situated near or embedded within the thyroid gland: they secrete parathyroid hormone

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parathyroid gland n.
Any of usually four small kidney-shaped glands that lie in pairs near or within the posterior surface of the thyroid gland and secrete a hormone necessary for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus.

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parathyroid gland   (pār'ə-thī'roid)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of four kidney-shaped glands located behind or within the thyroid gland of many vertebrate animals. ◇ The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which regulates the amount of calcium in the blood.
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