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pineal gland

noun
1.
a small, cone-shaped endocrine organ in the posterior forebrain, secreting melatonin and involved in biorhythms and gonadal development.
Also called epiphysis.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15
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Examples from the web for pineal gland
  • Melatonin secretion by the brain's pineal gland is switched on by darkness.
  • Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that regulates sleep.
British Dictionary definitions for pineal gland

pineal gland

noun
1.
a pea-sized organ in the brain, situated beneath the posterior part of the corpus callosum, that secretes melatonin into the bloodstream Technical names epiphysis, epiphysis cerebri
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pineal gland in Medicine

pineal gland n.
See pineal body.

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pineal gland in Science
pineal gland  
A small gland located near the brain and primarily involved in the production and secretion of the hormone melatonin, which regulates circadian rhythms in many animals, including humans.
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