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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 of pineal gland
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15
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Examples from the Web for pineal gland
Historical Examples
  • The pineal gland is the seat of the soul, and miracles fence us in at every step.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • I've kept away now from the pineal gland for three nights in succession.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • But there was one gland which had not been duplicated in The Brain, the pineal gland.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • In the human, the pineal gland was the despair of the medical sciences.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • The midnight hours he spent in the pineal gland were only a sideline of his work.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • He tried another outlet; this one was marked "pineal gland."

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • What happened if one plugged some apparatus of the pineal gland into the circuit of the pineal gland?

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • The pineal gland contained a large quantity of gritty matter.

  • The mind has no observable natural relation to the pineal gland.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • "Perhaps you've seen a pineal gland," suggested the disgusted Doctor.

    Sevenoaks

    J. G. Holland
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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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