Origin of thymusModern Latin from Classical Greek thymos, origin, originally , a warty excrescence
Origin of thymusNew Latin from Greek thumos warty excrescence, thymus
- Contrary to its English pronunciation, the Ï… in the Ancient Greek etymon Î¸ÏÎ¼Î¿Ï‚ (thumos) (whence the y in thymus) is short, implying the pronunciation thÄÊ¹mÉ™s.
From the Modern Latin thymus, from the Ancient Greek Î¸ÏÎ¼Î¿Ï‚ (thumos, “warty excrescence", (also, as used by Galen) “thymus gland").
thymus - Medical Definition
- A small glandular organ that is situated behind the top of the breastbone, consisting mainly of lymphatic tissue and serving as the site of T cell differentiation. The thymus increases gradually in size and activity until puberty, after which it begins to atrophy.
- A similar structure in other vertebrate animals.