Master gland

Definition

noun

The pituitary gland, i.e. the small endocrine gland responsible for the release of different hormones that regulate different physiological processes


Supplement

The master gland pertains to the pituitary gland of the endocrine system. It is comprised of three lobes: adenohypophysis (anterior), neurohypophysis (posterior), and pars intermedia. The main function of this gland is to secrete hormones that regulate growth and metabolic processes in animals.


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