Adjective "pituitary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


The major endocrine gland, a pea-sized body attached to the base of the brain that is important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands.
  1. 'It was accomplished through genetic engineering by specific modification of the pituitary and thyroid glands and reduced insulin production.'
  2. 'External beam radiation was delivered to the pituitary / suprasellar region.'
  3. 'Consequently, the pituitary receptors would be preserved, and the pituitary would erroneously sense that the thyroid status in the periphery is normal.'
  4. 'The majority of cases are caused by a somatotroph adenoma of the anterior pituitary, and most are confined to the sella.'
  5. 'However, it does seat the adenohypophysis, also known as the anterior lobe of the pituitary.'
  6. 'People with this condition may also have abnormalities of the brain and pituitary gland.'
  7. 'Its expression appears to be limited, however, to the anterior pituitary in the adult brain.'
  8. 'The onset of puberty is normally triggered by the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that helps control pituitary gland function).'
  9. 'The pituitary is called the ‘master gland’ because it controls the entire endocrine system.'
  10. 'A damaged or malfunctioning pituitary gland may not produce enough hormones for normal growth.'


Relating to the pituitary gland.
  1. 'Common nervous system manifestations include facial palsies, and hypothalamic and pituitary lesions.'
  2. 'Adrenal and pituitary integrity must be established.'
  3. 'Patients who have recently had major surgery are at increased risk of pituitary apoplexy.'
  4. 'The pituitary hormones are carried via the systemic circulation to target tissues throughout the body.'
  5. 'Hypothyroidism can also develop secondary to hypothalamic and pituitary disorders.'
  6. 'The cytologic and architectural features of these tumors are reminiscent of those of the normal posterior pituitary lobe.'
  7. 'Pituitary adenomas exhibited intense diffuse cytoplasmic reactivity.'
  8. 'A skull radiograph did not show a fracture, but he had a coincidental expanded pituitary fossa.'
  9. 'A more complex system is seen in the control of pituitary hormone secretion.'
  10. 'People with this disease develop parathyroid, pancreas, and anterior pituitary tumors.'


1. pituitary gland.

2. Pharmacology. the extract obtained from the lobes of the pituitary glands of hogs, sheep, and other domestic animals: the posterior lobe constituent increases blood pressure, contracts stomach muscles, etc., and the anterior lobe constituent regulates growth of the skeleton. adjective

3. of, relating to, or involving the pituitary gland.

4. noting a physical type of abnormal size with overgrown extremities resulting from excessive pituit

More examples(as adjective)

"glands can be pituitary."

"hormones can be pituitary."

"people/places/organizations can be pituitary."

"stalks can be pituitary."

"macroadenomases can be pituitary."

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Early 17th century: from Latin pituitarius ‘secreting phlegm’, from pituita ‘phlegm’.