An example of thyroid used as an adjective is in the phrase "thyroid problem," which means a medical issue with this gland.
An example of the thyroid is the gland that could potentially be responsible for excessive weight gain.
Other Word Forms
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").