a small, cone-shaped endocrine organ in the posterior forebrain, secreting melatonin and involved in biorhythms and gonadal development.
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Also called epiphysis.
Origin of pineal gland
First recorded in 1705–15
Words nearby pineal gland
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British Dictionary definitions for pineal gland
a pea-sized organ in the brain, situated beneath the posterior part of the corpus callosum, that secretes melatonin into the bloodstreamTechnical names: epiphysis, epiphysis cerebri
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Medical definitions for pineal gland
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Scientific definitions for 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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