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pituitary

[pi-too-i-ter-ee, -tyoo-] /pɪˈtu ɪˌtɛr i, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural pituitaries.
2.
Pharmacology. the extract obtained from the lobes of the pituitary glands of hogs, sheep, and other domestic animals: the posterior lobe constituent increases blood pressure, contracts stomach muscles, etc., and the anterior lobe constituent regulates growth of the skeleton.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or involving the pituitary gland.
4.
noting a physical type of abnormal size with overgrown extremities resulting from excessive pituitary secretion.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin pītuītārius pertaining to or secreting phlegm. See pip2, -ary
Related forms
postpituitary, adjective
prepituitary, adjective
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pituitary

/pɪˈtjuːɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
adjective
2.
of or relating to the pituitary gland
3.
(archaic) of or relating to phlegm or mucus
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin pītuītārius slimy, from pītuīta phlegm
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Word Origin and History for postpituitary

pituitary

adj.

1610s, from Latin pituitarius "mucous," from pituita "clammy moisture, phlegm, mucus, slime," possibly from PIE root *peie- "to be fat, swell" (see pine (n.)). 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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postpituitary in Medicine

pituitary pi·tu·i·tar·y (pĭ-tōō'ĭ-těr'ē, -tyōō'-)
n.

  1. The pituitary gland.

  2. An extract from the anterior or posterior lobes of the pituitary gland, prepared for therapeutic use.

adj.
  1. Of or relating to the pituitary gland.

  2. Of or secreting phlegm or mucus; mucous.

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