any of several small oval glands usually lying near or embedded in the thyroid gland.
Words nearby parathyroid gland
Origin of parathyroid gland
First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for parathyroid glands
any one of the small egg-shaped endocrine glands situated near or embedded within the thyroid gland: they secrete parathyroid hormone
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Medical definitions for parathyroid glands
Any of usually four small kidney-shaped glands that lie in pairs near or within the posterior surface of the thyroid gland and secrete a hormone necessary for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus.
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Scientific definitions for parathyroid glands
[ păr′ə-thī′roid ]
Any of four kidney-shaped glands located behind or within the thyroid gland of many vertebrate animals.♦ The parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone, which regulates the amount of calcium in the blood.
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Cultural definitions for parathyroid glands
[ (par-uh-theye-royd) ]
A set of four small glands on the undersurface of the thyroid gland that function in the endocrine system. The parathyroid glands secrete a hormone that regulates the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus.
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