parathyroid gland

  1. any of several small oval glands usually lying near or embedded in the thyroid gland.

Origin of parathyroid gland

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for parathyroid gland

parathyroid gland

  1. 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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Scientific definitions for parathyroid gland

parathyroid gland

[ păr′ə-thīroid ]

  1. 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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