thyroid gland

thyroid gland
/ˈθaɪrɔɪd glænd / (say 'thuyroyd gland)

noun
a bilobate ductless gland lying on either side of the windpipe or trachea and connected below the larynx by a thin isthmus of tissue. Its internal secretion is important in regulating the rate of metabolism and, consequently, body growth.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • thyroid gland — thyroid UK [ˈθaɪrɔɪd] / US [ˈθaɪˌrɔɪd] or thyroid gland UK / US noun [countable] Word forms thyroid : singular thyroid plural thyroids Word forms thyroid gland : singular thyroid gland plural thyroid glands medical an organ in your neck that… …   English dictionary

  • thyroid gland — Anat. a two lobed endocrine gland, located at the base of the neck that secretes two hormones that regulate the rates of metabolism, growth, and development. Cf. thyroxine, triiodothyronine. [1685 95] * * * Endocrine gland in the throat that… …   Universalium

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  • thyroid gland — gland that creates a hormone that increases the exchange of the materials in the body …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • thyroid gland — thy′roid gland n. anat. a two lobed endocrine gland at the base of the neck and secreting two hormones that regulate the rates of metabolism, growth, and development Compare thyroxine triiodothyronine …   From formal English to slang

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