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pituitary gland n.
A small, oval endocrine gland attached to the base of the vertebrate brain and consisting of an anterior and a posterior lobe, the secretions of which control the other endocrine glands and influence growth, metabolism, and maturation. Also called hypophysis, master gland.

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adenohypophysis ad·e·no·hy·poph·y·sis (ād'n-ō-hī-pŏf'ĭ-sĭs)
The anterior glandular lobe of the pituitary gland, consisting of distal, intermediate, and infundibular parts, and secreting many hormones, including gonadotropin, prolactin, and somatotropin. Also called anterior lobe of hypophysis.

ad'e·no·hy'po·phy'sĭ·al (-hī'pə-fĭz'ē-əl, -hī-pŏf'ĭ-sē'əl) adj.
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