Thymus meaning

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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.
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A gland in the upper thorax or neck of all vertebrates, involved in the production of lymphocytes: in humans, it is most prominent at puberty, after which it disappears or becomes vestigial.
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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.
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A similar structure in other vertebrate animals.
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An organ of the lymphatic system located behind the upper sternum (breastbone). T cells (T lymphocytes) develop and mature in the thymus before entering the circulation. In humans, the thymus stops growing in early childhood and gradually shrinks in size through adulthood, resulting in a gradual decline in immune system function.
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(anatomy, immunology) A ductless gland, consisting mainly of lymphatic tissue, located behind the top of the breastbone. It is most active during puberty, after which it shrinks in size. It plays an important role in the development of the immune system and produces lymphocytes.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Lamiaceae "” thyme.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Eulophidae.
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Origin of thymus

  • New Latin from Greek thumos warty excrescence, thymus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Modern Latin thymus, from the Ancient Greek θύμος (thumos, “warty excrescence", (also, as used by Galen) “thymus gland").

    From Wiktionary