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parathyroid gland

noun, Anatomy.
any of several small oval glands usually lying near or embedded in the thyroid gland.
Origin of parathyroid gland
1900-05 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for parathyroid-gland

parathyroid gland

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 in Medicine

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 in Science
parathyroid gland
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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