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[hahy-pof-uh-sis, hi-]
noun, plural hy·poph·y·ses [hahy-pof-uh-seez, hi-] /haɪˈpɒf əˌsiz, hɪ-/. Anatomy.
  1. pituitary gland.
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Origin of hypophysis

1700–10; < Greek hypóphysis outgrowth (from below), equivalent to hypophȳ́(ein) to grow beneath (hypo- hypo- + phȳ́ein to grow, be) + -sis -sis
Related formshy·poph·y·se·al, hy·poph·y·si·al [hahy-pof-uh-see-uh l, -zee-, hi-] /haɪˌpɒf əˈsi əl, -ˈzi-, hɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypophysis

Historical Examples of hypophysis

  • It is just cephalad to the anterior end of the pharynx and to the hypophysis.

    Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator

    Albert M. Reese

  • This, also, was Cunningham's view as far as the tube of the hypophysis was concerned.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Beard put forward also the ingenious theory that the hypophysis represents the old Annelidan mouth.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • With this idea Ingier added thyroid, hypophysis, thymus and parathyroid to the food of guinea-pigs, or gave it parenterally.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • From its lower surface is suspended the hypophysis or pituitary gland.

British Dictionary definitions for hypophysis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the technical name for pituitary gland
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Derived Formshypophyseal or hypophysial (ˌhaɪpəˈfɪzɪəl, haɪˌpɒfɪˈsɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for hypophysis

C18: from Greek: outgrowth, from hypo- + phuein to grow
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hypophysis in Medicine


n. pl. hy•poph•y•ses (-sēz′)
  1. pituitary gland
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