Thyroid meaning

thī'roid'
The thyroid is defined as a body gland in charge of metabolism and growth.

An example of the thyroid is the gland that could potentially be responsible for excessive weight gain.

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A preparation of the thyroid gland of certain animals, used in treating goiter, myxedema, etc.
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The definition of thyroid is the gland responsible for body growth and metabolism.

An example of thyroid used as an adjective is in the phrase "thyroid problem," which means a medical issue with this gland.

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The thyroid gland.
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The thyroid cartilage.
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A dried, powdered preparation of the thyroid gland of certain domestic animals, used in treatment of hypothyroid conditions.
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An artery, vein, nerve, or other part associated with the thyroid gland or thyroid cartilage.
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Designating or of a large ductless gland lying in front and on either side of the trachea and secreting the hormone thyroxine, which regulates body growth and metabolism: the malfunctioning or congenital absence of this gland can cause goiter, cretinism, etc.
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Designating or of the principal cartilage of the larynx, forming the Adam's apple.
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The thyroid gland.
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The thyroid cartilage.
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An artery, nerve, etc. in the region of the thyroid.
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The thyroid gland.
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The thyroid cartilage.
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A dried, powdered preparation of the thyroid gland of certain domestic animals, used in treatment of hypothyroid conditions.
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An artery, vein, nerve, or other part associated with the thyroid gland or thyroid cartilage.
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(anatomy) The thyroid gland.
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The thyroid cartilage.
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(medicine) A preparation obtained from the thyroid gland.
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Origin of thyroid

  • Greek thureoeidēs thureos oblong shield (from thurā door dhwer- in Indo-European roots) -oeidēs -oid
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French thyroïde coined by Ambroise Paré, after Ancient Greek θυρεός (thyreos, “a large oblong shield") + εἶδος (eidos, “a form, shape").
    From Wiktionary